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Al Di Meola - Orange And Blue (1994)

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Al Di Meola - Orange And Blue (1994)
Artist: Al Di Meola
Title Of Album: Orange And Blue
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Verve
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Fusion, New Age
Format: Flac/Cue/Log/Artwork
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 59:29
Total Size: 330 MB(+3%)


1. Paradisio
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, Pt. 1
8. If We Meet Again, Pt. 2
9. Cyprus
10. Theme of the Mother Ship
11. Precious Little You
12. Casmir
13. On My Own
Al Di Meola - Orange And Blue (1994)
personnel :

Al Di Meola - 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

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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