DiMeola, Al - Speak A Volcano: Return To Electric Guitar
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The DVD leans heavily on his work of the last two decades with only a slight nod to the glory days of the seventies. Over the course of his career, DiMeola has perfected an otherworldly and almost mystical sound. Whenever you hear him play, you can just kick back and let your mind soar with the music. He has also long indulged his obsession with the music of the late nouveau tango master Astor Piazzolla to whom he pays much homage once again on this DVD.
I've watched Speak A Volcano several times since I received it and find something more to like each time. The light show is great and the shots of DiMeola's seemingly effortless guitar pyrotechnics are thrilling. He is backed by a competent and well-rehearsed band. Long-time fixture, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, seems almost an extension of DiMeola's talent. The interplay between the two is a joy to behold.
I don't really have any favorites, maybe Milonga del Angel (Milonga misspelled as two words on the DVD housing), Tangata, and the fiery Senor Mouse from way back in his Casino days are the most memorable.Read more ›
Among the DVD products he has released so far, this is by far the best in terms of the sound and camera work. His guitar still sounds a bit softer compared to the drums that are on higher volume. I think the pianist has done a great job on this album.
Di Meola takes the stage backed by a foursome of equally impressive musicians; Mario Parmisano (keyboards), Joel Taylor (drums), Mike Pope (bass), and his longtime companion Gumbi Ortiz on percussion.
I highly recommend buying this DVD. You will be glad, and proud you owned it. And you will have a good reason to play it frequently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this one about seven years ago from Amazon and have yet to stay awake through the whole video. Read morePublished 6 months ago by VITSOL
A great DVD of a masterful player with an equally talented band. Enjoyed and will continue to enjoy every minute of it.Published on November 27, 2013 by Louis D.
Mr. Al Dimiola in my opinion is the and I'm not saying this lightly, Greatest guitar player who has ever played the instrument. Bar none.Published on January 1, 2013 by Davidguitar
This is the first video of Al's that I've purchased, but I've seen countless hours of footage via other means, so I had a level of expectations when I decided to buy this. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by McB
I have been a Al di Meola fan for many years. The Return to Forever album from the mid 70's made me a fan. Now, at 71 years old, I am still a big fan.Published on January 24, 2010 by Ovid Hunt
Ever since his days with Return to Forever with Chick Chorea(spell?) Al Di Meola has dropped my jaw. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Bruce Brouillard
Touring in support of "Consequence of Chaos", this performance has Al bringing his electric fusion roots back to the fore for half the show, while his acoustic "world" music and... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Daniel S. Sullivan