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|Al Di Meola|
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Metal
Al Di Meola earned his stripes playing alongside Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea in Return to Forever, but he made his most compelling personal statements with 1980's Splendido Hotel and its precursor, Elegant Gypsy. Di Meo... more »
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Al Di Meola earned his stripes playing alongside Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea in Return to Forever, but he made his most compelling personal statements with 1980's Splendido Hotel and its precursor, Elegant Gypsy. Di Meola's compositional embrace of Argentinean tango (on a duet with Corea), Brazilian bossa (the romantic "Silent Story in Her Eyes"), and flamenco compas (the overdubbed solo piece "Splendido Sundance") made him more than just another fast guitar player and paved the way for his future work with John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia. Here he duets with Les Paul on Bert Kaempfert's comfy "Spanish Eyes," tries his hand at singing an up-tempo soul number ("I Can Tell"), blazes through odd-meter jazz-rockers ("Dinner Music of the Gods"), and closes with the acoustic "Bianca's Midnight Lullaby." This is an ambitious--and very long--set with contributions from Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd, Phillipe Saisse, and Jan Hammer. --James Rotondi
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D. S. HARDEN | L.A.,CA USA | 01/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just purchased Splendido Hotel for $9.99 new! Years ago, I had the album on wax, but never did give it a good listen. I put the CD in my PC (at work, no less), and gave it a good listen. My conclusion? This album has something for everyone. Gang, it's not as bad as some of the reviewers have said. I actually like "I can tell" where Al sings (he sounds okay...), I like the music better (of course!). Get yourself an inexpensive copy and enjoy! Four stars...why?..."Elegant Gypsy" is head and shoulders over "Splendido Hotel!" That's why!!"
Beastman | New Jersey | 04/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Di Meola is awesome, his clean playing technique stands the test of time. While myself and many agree this album may not be in his top 5, it is a great album non the less. Al's fusion style is truly unique. This album is worth checking out if you like jazz fusion."