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But is this a brilliant CD?? - you bet!
Actually, I think time will show us that this is one of Al`s very best (that what he thinks - I think we`ll agree with time..)
What fascinates me is that - like no Al CD before - this contains Al`s full CV.... there are pieces of RTF/early di Meola,Orange & Blue,and stuff
that could well belong to Tiramisu or even Soaring Through a Dream (remember that one?!). In short: this IS Al di Meola - full spectrum...
For those (of us ) who were perhaps expecting a return to the raw intensity of the early days, let`s not be disappointed - and let`s give the guy a break ! (how many of us drive or make love like we did back in `78 ?? so why expect the same music from Al?)
We do get reminders of the 70s (eg Tempest) but the depth of a truly mature musician shines through on this CD - eg Turquoise cca 3 minutes into the tune - that 1 minute would stand proud on any di Meola cut...
So why not 5 stars ?? ....
Quite simply, because whilst Al is a technical virtuoso in his own league, overall-for me- he fails to generate "Band momentum" throughout the CD....( Come to think of it,maybe Orange & Blue was the last time in this respect... ) Brilliant pieces of interaction (particularly with the keyboards), and some amazing tunes with real depth, but the dynamism of a real band throughout the whole CD seems missing...
And this is at the crux of things I think... Many people have said that they are disappointed / missing the flair of old and of announced.. But is that where it`s at??Read more ›
Di Meola was the blazing jazz fusion axeman par excellence in "Return To Forever" back in the '70s and he has come a long way since - he's explored acoustic via Brazilian, tango and flamenco collaborations and developed his compositional and arranging abilities considerably.
That expanded knowledge base is evident in the fifteen tracks on this release, but so is the obvious fun he has reconnecting with his first love - the solid-body electric guitar.
So although this record is not all about electric flash - there's plenty of rich texture and strong melody to get your head round - it's great to hear him cut loose as in days of yore.
Di Meola's distinctive style and classy approach congeal the music with authority.
He's signed up good support too: former boss Chick Corea appears on two tunes (the lovely acoustic duet on "Cry for You" which brings out the best in both musicians as their interplay , and the scalding "Red Moon" )
Percussionists Ernie Adams and Gumbi Ortiz's standout work, especially on the subtle "Hypnose," add hot, bubbling flavor to the project,and drum maestro Steve Gadd guests on another couple and Di Meola's working quartet provide road-tested grooves throughout.
A must for all electric guitar aficionados.
I have been an Al DiMeola fan from the start and have seen him live many times over the past thirty years. When he makes a new album, I don't want him to recreate favorites like Casino, Soaring Through A Dream, or Orange and Blue any more than I wish to hear him remake albums I didn't like so much like Kiss My Axe or Scenario. I want to hear something new! Consequence of Chaos, while not among his five best, is an album that has at least something to offer fans of all periods. With musicians like Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, he assures us of his respect for his early years. With long-time percussionist Gumbi Ortiz still on board, he reassures those most attuned to his later World Sinfonia projects.
There are no tunes on Consequence of Chaos that stand out for me either positively or negatively. I have been enjoying it in the office for half the day now and find its vibes to be extremely soothing and conducive to a productive day. DiMeola's mastery is such that you can close your eyes if you like, kick back, and the music will take your mind anywhere in the world you want to go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More "refined" and less hectic then most of Di Meola's early classic works (such as Elegant Gypsy), yet you can still here all the musical complexity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Harris
If you haven't heard any of this guys stuff and your into cool music I suggest you get some !!!! You'll want more.Published on December 16, 2011 by Ballsy
Al thinks that Consequence Of Chaos is his best work ever and I have to agree with him. Years ago, I believed that he would never produce anything better than Casino. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Paul Moore
After exploring Synclavier sounds, world music, tango and even solo acoustic work, Al DiMeola had recharged his batteries and was ready to explore the power and passion of the... Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Daniel S. Sullivan
This is an excellent album. The arrangements are fresh and the playing is as technically good as anything di Meola has ever done. Overall, it is a very happy album.Published on March 29, 2009 by H. Du Preez
Very good job of mastering for surround. Product arrived on time and as advertised.Published on March 27, 2009 by Dave in Montana
It is pretty neat to see a musician who, after releasing many albums, produces something that may be his very best, and this after a long career of magnificent music. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Federal Farmer
In the future, the music on this album will be viewed as world class, and revered, as Miles Davis'; Mozart has competition.Published on July 7, 2008 by Linwood S. Hines