Personnel: Al DiMeola (acoustic & electric guitars); Jean Valdes, Guillermo Ruiz (alto saxophone); Williams Polledo (trumpet); Alejandro Santos (flute); Mario Pamisano (acoustic piano, calliope); Gonzalo Rubalcada (Fender Rhodes); Anthony Jackson (Fodera electric conta bass); Gumba Ortiz (congas, cajone).
Personnel: Al DiMeola (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, percussion); Jean Valdes, Guillermo Ruiz (saxophone); Williams Polledo (trumpet); Alejandro Santos (flutes); Mario Parmisano (acoustic piano, calliope); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Fendor Rhodes piano); Gumbi Ortiz (congas, cajone); Ernie Adams (drums).
Personnel: Al di Meola (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, bombo, cymbals, dumbek, timpani, percussion, drum programming); Alejandro Santos (flute, bass flute, panpipes); Guillermo Ruiz, Jean Valdes (alto saxophone); Williams Polledo (trumpet); Mario Parmisano (piano, calliope, synthesizer, marimba); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Fender Rhodes piano); Anthony Jackson (double bass, electric bass); Ernie Adams (drums); Gumbi Ortiz (congas).
Audio Mixers: Germ n Ortiz; Michael Bishop .
Recording information: Al Di Meola Studios (03/2002-04/2002); Cintron Studios, Miami Beach, FL (03/2002-04/2002); Criteria Hit Factory, Miami, FL (03/2002-04/2002).
Photographers: Pat Farrell ; Dan O'Brien ; Peter Zander.
Unknown Contributor Role: Gumbi Ortiz.
Arrangers: Al di Meola; Mario Parmisano.
Al di Meola continues to broaden his musical horizons with Flesh on Flesh, his fourth release for the Telarc recording label. The great guitarist is joined by two members of his World Sinfonia acoustic group -- Gumbi Ortiz on percussion and Mario Parmisano on keyboards -- in addition to such stellar musicians as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, flutist Alejandro Santos, and bassist Anthony Jackson, who recorded with di Meola on his best-selling Elegant Gypsy album in the mid-'80s. Offering classic guitar lines on an array of guitars (including a vintage Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, and Conde-Romano acoustic), di Meola is memorable, timeless, and true to the beauty, culture and sensual imagery that inspired him to compose and arrange these eight great songs. Each song is a masterpiece, and such compositions as "Flesh on Flesh" (which features him on five different instruments), "Zona Desperata," and "Fugata" (which showcases di Meola trading with Gonzalo Rubalcaba on their Fender Rhodes solo in part three) are just three of the musical statements befitting all who've been lucky enough to see or hear di Meola's phenomenal sound "live." To hear that same energy and excitement recorded "live" on Flesh on Flesh is especially gratifying since the music is developed and takes place in a new context, space, and time. You'll find that every graceful musical curve, every dynamic concept, every technological update heard on Flesh on Flesh is a celebration of new forms and functions, of strict rhythmic reinterpretation and the inimitable di Meola sound and guitar virtuosity. A must-have. ~ Paula Edelstein