Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Al Di Meola|
Kiss My Axe
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock & Metal
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Excellent Album - Adventure and Romance
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of Al's best albums. Very cohesive in terms of mood, an very adventurous in terms of the places that it goes.
One reviewer mentioned that it was "Soft", if by soft you mean not alot of electric guitar and power chords blaring then yes it is "soft".
If you need "hard" then get a Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X or other metal album. You definately will not find the items produced on this album there.
This ablum is about adventure and romance. It goes into some very interesting places. It has a mature feel to it - textures are luxurious and all the compositions are cohesive - par for the course with Al.
Most songs are composed by Al with one from Chick Corea and one from Barry Miles - who plays keyboard on the album.
The title song has a definate "attitude" and style which you will only find with Al.
If you like Al then this album is a must.
Great Axe-pectations Satisfied
Star Thrower | 06/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The people saying negative things about this album are either musically ignorant or unattentive listeners. Kiss My Axe is full of very sophisticated, melodic compositions with great playing, and the production is first rate. The album title is Al's response to various record company executives who refused to even listen to the record while Al was shopping it around for a label. To say DiMeola's playing is cold and technical is a cheap shot from people who don't really listen. This cd contains some of Al's finest compositions such as One Night Last June, Morocco, and The Embrace. Great music!"
One of the best guitarists on the planet!
John Keating | 01/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While I too think Elegant Gypsy is Al's finest moment, his other work has always been a musical pleasure. His Winter Nights is simply superb. Electric Rendezvous short but sweet! Casino is as close to Gypsy as can be. Kiss My Axe is also worth the money and your time to give it a listen. If you like a variety of styles intermingled - here's the happy meal! Blazing guitar, gut wrenching bass on some of the tunes. Light and airy on others.
In following Mr. Dimeola's career, there seems to be a maturity in his work-While Gypsy is a simply a marvel in its blazing guitar work - each piece is technical bliss and speed! The works thereafter have been all about change -evolution if you will. The man still has the chops, but it's tempered and controlled. Youth to experience is the best analogy I can make here. It is obvious that he wants to stretch his music in other styles - not specifically jazz fusion.
I will continue to purchase his work simply because it has never failed to entertain me. Mr. Dimeola is simply one of the best of the best. One other reviewer wrote something to the effect "surely the Master knows more than his admirers!" I think there is a grain of truth in that remark. Each work that this man has done has been a step in his musical journey-I, for one, am glad he's allowed me the opportunity to walk with him along the way."