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DiMeola, Al - Speak A Volcano: Return To Electric Guitar

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After 30 years of a splendid career and exploring a variety of styles, Al Di Meola still ranks among the most popular guitar-masters of jazz and jazz-rock. Here, on his first electric DVD, Di Meola shows up with Speak A Volcano in Leverkusen in November 2006. Surrounded by a band including his old companion and superb percussionist Gumbo Ortiz, he rediscovers his love of the electric guitar without denying newer influences. The result is a balancing act between volcanic electronic ecstasy and emotionally moving sound excursions, between fervent improvisations and intimate conversations, including many compositions of Al Di Meola himself, and five Piazzolla tunes. Bonus features include: In Conversation with Al Di Meola, Al's Guitar Tips

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Product Details

  • Actors: DiMeola, Al
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: inakustik
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UX6O0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'm not going to belabor the opinion I've expressed in my reviews of Al's other work here, that his fans need to allow him to grow as an artist and understand that you can't play Elegant Gypsy forever, but if that's what you want I would submit that you'd still be very happy with at least 80% of what this disc contains. I believe his versatility is what makes Al so unique, both as an instrumentalist and composer/arranger--he can obviously still rip it better than anybody on pure electric, but the electric/acoustic also featured in this concert creates sonic nuances that need to be seen to be believed. Whatever you think of what Al's been doing the last 15 years, please do yourself a favor and watch this concert--maybe you'll grow as a listener as well.
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Any Al DiMeola show is a treat. I've seen his shows a half dozen times at various points in his career and I've never left disappointed except that the shows eventually ended. I also own all his other DVDs and was excited to learn that he was going electric on this one. Well, not quite. Speak a Volcano is more like an acoustic sandwich with some great electric fireworks at both ends but with a tasty slice of acoustic wizardry in the middle. I know that annoys some fans who were hoping for the glories of Elegant Gypsy, Casino, and Electric Rendezvous all rolled into one, but the fact is that DiMeola long ago left those days in the past.
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.
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Once again, Al shows an excellent command over the guitar. Over the years, I have seen his skills and artistic variance have grown. He has increasingly collaborative with diverse musicians around the world, and put his heart on creating the finest compositions.

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.
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I first saw Al DiMiola serveral years ago in an relatively small venue, I recently saw him with Return to Forever. He his, to me, a magnificent prefomer who is more dynamic alone than as part of a part of a group. His group that is with him on this DVD are all of the highest standard; as they would have to be to accompany a virtuoso. If you like Al Dimiola, you will love this DVD, if you ever wanted to see him play, you will love this DVD and the extras at the end when he is interviewed. I am very happy with this product.
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This is an awesome DVD. I would have given it a 5 but I attended the concert live in Albuquerque and sat in row 1 so my expectations were a bit inflated. Nonetheless he brought back great memories of that night where I saw him live. If you're a Dimeola fan and don't have this DVD, you should add it to your collection without hesitation.
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Al di Meola continues to demostrate his mastery of the guitar. He is fluid in many styles and they all coalecse into Al's signature sound. His jaw dropping technique is not to be outdone by his incredible musical soul. Maybe he's not an American Idol but he truely defines what a great musician is and how to be in touch with the audience. You can clearly see he is having fun playing for everyone and I had a great time watching. For Guitar Players, watch and learn, this is a musician on the top of his game, like a fine wine he just keeps getting better and there always a new flavor to uncover. Repeat often!
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Those familiar with his work understand the complexity of the music he performs. This video displays the 3 personalities of of Al's quitar styles. The Eletric perfomances are outstanding, exerpts from latest and greatest CD's drive you back in your seat. Amplified acoustic sessions with switchable digital guitar effects are alway amazing. The Piazzola sessions are mind boggling. To witness a master guitarist reading sheet music on stage and understanding the musical challenges he is faced with, is magic to watch. You will not see this type of performance in concert again. To quote Mr. Dimeola, "My runnin and gunnin days are over". Buy this video and enjoy it, just be sure your sound system can handle it.
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i know, right !!! that pisses me off so much that no one will say what songs are on the damn thing ! thats like the most important part !
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