Not a Disappointment
J. Kauffman | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is not disappointing. As a fan mostly of Summers and DiMeola, I can say that they perform up to their standards. I particulary enjoy tracks 4, 9, and 10. The moods conveyed in the collection of songs are everything from somber to joyful. Try and listen to the notes and the timing--not to how fast one can play. There is a huge difference..."
Sharon A. Green | Columbus, IN USA | 06/02/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It is simply not up to par.Having Al DiMeola as a guest artist artist on this recording made me want to listen.The music is too mono-tone. No flare to this one.No excitement."
Very good CD
J. Kauffman | 07/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD 3 weeks ago and I would say it's a highly recommended title, but not 5 stars. I believe there is a weakness in this CD and it resides in Barrueco's duet with Al DiMeola. First of all, let me explain that Al DiMeola is one of my favorite guitarrists and Barrueco is a first class classical player. The problem is that they decided to perform songs that were already recorded by Al, De Lucia and McLaughlin in their famous Guitar Trio CD. Those three guys have a kind of interaction and synesthesia that I cannot see by listening to Al and Barrueco playing together. It's an unfair comparison, I'd say. There are lots of "gaps" in "Beyond the Mirage" and in "Azzurra", for instance, Al plays a nylon guitar, so that we miss the "steel" on that track. If I were the producer, I would certainly advise them to pick up other songs and perform something original, created specially for the disc, having Barrueco's idea in mind (Nylon and Steel). My overall impression is positive, though, and Villa-Lobos' Étude No 1 is probably the most interesting track. The duets with Steve Morse and Andy Summers are very sound as well as Barrueco's solo arrangements for Odeon and Rodeo."