Al Di Meola Orange and Blue
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- Released: May 31, 2005
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
Down Beat - 11/94, p.503.5 Stars - Good - "...mines the Metheny motherlode (lilting Brazilian-flavored pop-jazz with falsetto vocals doubling guitar lines) while interjecting his own trademark bravado along the way..."
- 2.Chilean Pipe Song
- 3.Ta'alina Chant
- 4.Orange And Blue
- 5.This Way Before
- 6.Summer Country Song
- 7.If We Meet Again, Part One
- 8.If We Meet Again, Part Two
- 10.Theme Of The Mother Ship
- 11.Precious Little You
- 13.On My Own
Personnel includes: Al DiMeola (acoustic, electric, classical & 12-string guitars, Kurzweil piccolo flute, pipes, violin, Hawaiian string harp, santour, piano, synthesizer, drums, tablas, cymbals, shakers, percussion, finger snaps); Hernan Romero (vocals, acoustic guitar, double-neck charango, piano, synthesizer, bells, finger snaps); George Dalaras, Noa (vocals); Andres Boyarski (saxophone); Mike Pinella (trumpet); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Simon Shaheen (violin); Mario Parmisano (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond organ, keyboards, bass, finger snaps); Marc Johnson (acoustic bass); Pino Palladino (electric & fretless basses); Peter Erskine, Manu Katche, Steve Gadd (drums); Gumbi Ortiz (congas, bongos).
Principally recorded at The Power Station, The Hit Factory and Manhattan Center Studios, New York, New York.
Al di Meola's passion for the acoustic guitar has not diminished his love of electric music. Upon collaboration with Gibson, the Al di Meola Jazz Guitar was issued. In stark contrast to his customary Les Paul, this guitar is a large hollow-body similar to an L-5. The jazz guitar allows di Meola to achieve a warmer tone; however, he seemed to be going through a Pat Metheny stage at the time of this recording. The upside is that di Meola's solos combine his remarkable control with a newfound sense of swing, the downside being that he seems to have lost some of his identity. "Chilean Pipe Song" stands as one of di Meola's most memorable compositions. The supporting cast of Mario Parmisano and Peter Erskine greatly enhance the music, as each is a distinguishable and tasteful musician. Erskine particularly shines on "Summer Country Song." The one burner here is "Casmir," a fast-paced tune reminiscent of the Elegant Gypsy days. "On My Own" features di Meola's debut on piano. It is by no means anything spectacular, but it does reaffirm his continued exploration and growth. The strong playing and quality of the compositions make this recommended despite the Metheny flavorings. ~ Robert Taylor
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