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Elegant Gypsy

Al Di MeolaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner and virtuoso of the highest order, Di Meola has also been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with over 20 recordings as a leader. His creative output to date is staggering, whether it's with his current World Sinfonia band or past musical endeavors like his electric Tour de Force group with Jan ... Read more in Amazon's Al Di Meola Store

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMV6W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flight over Rio
2. Midnight Tango
3. Mediterranean Sundance
4. Race With Devil on Spanish Highway
5. Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil
6. Elegant Gypsy Suite

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dimeola's best disc ever February 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Al Dimeola, at the time of this release, was the best fusion guitarist on the planet. (Mclaughlin lacked the energy that he had before Mahavishnu broke up and Holdsworth had yet to reach the great heights that he would find in the eighties). Dimeola is at his best composition wise as well as in his playing. "Flight Over Rio" and "Midnight Tango" are examples of this. Al and a Les Paul are meant to be together. "Mediterannean Sundance" is a duet with Paco DeLucia and a complete acoustic extravaganza.The guitar artistry displayed by both is unbelievable. This is a piece that can be listened to over and over. "Race With the Devil on Spanish Highway" is the electric extravaganza and a favorite of anybody that has heard it. Unison 32nd note lines are just a part of this Dimeola classic. The writing is amazing and Al has never sounded better. The rest of the disc consists of a percussion piece and then finally there is the title track which is another Dimeola masterwork. The band on this disc is incredible. Jan Hammer, Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson, and Mingo Lewis all are phenomenal musicians in there own right and Dimeola has all of them playing at their usual amazing heights. If you are only familiar with RTF and are wondering why Al would leave them for a solo career this disc has the answers. A must have for any jazz/fusion fan or guitar enthusiast.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Music! March 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this instrumental guitar collection is energetic, and exceptionally moving. I am inspired by anything that Al Dimiola presents, but this collection without peer.

Any DiMiola fan should definately add this to their collection.

Lovers of Jazz/Fusion, Spanish Accustical and excellently clever mastery of guitar will not be disappointed! Only seeing him perform these pieces live was better!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Fusion at its best! October 19, 2007
By James
Format:Audio CD
Al DiMeola was certainly the Jimi Hendrix of the 70's Jazz Fusion movement. And, this is his best disc from that period. Di Meola's music was also a precursor to the best World and New Age music of the 80s and 90s. Just because Jazz-fusion is out of fashion with the Jazz intelligentsia, doesn't mean DiMeola needs to be discounted. On the contrary, he inspired many to seek a new path for jazz's survival into the late 20th century and beyond. He also helped the uninitiated understand that Jazz is a cross-pollinating "bastard" musical form (in the best sense of the word) that is beyond musical category. I love Dixieland Jazz, Stride, Swing, Bebop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, West Coast Cool, Jazz Funk, 80s Neoclassic, Third Wave, etc, etc. I also love the best of Jazz Fusion. This is it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable April 11, 2001
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Back when I was in junior high school, I subscribed to Guitar Player magazine, and in their annual awards issue, Al DiMeola won best jazz guitarist and this album won best guitar album. I'd never heard of him or it, I knew nothing about jazz or fusion, but hey, 'best guitar album', what did I have to lose? What I heard simply blew my mind, it was unlike anything I was prepared for. It changed my life. It even changed the way I play guitar. Al DiMeola remains my favorite guitarist, and this remains my favorite of his albums. You absolutely cannot go wrong with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely impressive CD April 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm quite new to Al Di Meola, but I'm a seasoned instrumental guitar fan. I had read on Wikipedia that Petrucci was self taught by trying to emulate the sounds of various guitarists like Malmsteen, Holdsworth and Di Meola. I figured, Holdsworth and Malmsteen are pretty big names, so to throw Di Meola in must mean something, because Petrucci after all is... well, we all know what he is capable of. I looked on Amazon.com for Di Meola albums, and Elegant Gypsy looked to the best, based solely on reviews, so I checked it out.

This CD is so incredibly monstrous, that words have a hard describing all the features it encapsulates. Di Meolas finely honed technical ability coupled with interesting tunes and beats make for a superb album. I find that this album sounds quite unlike any other instrumental guitar CD I have ever heard.

This CD was unleashed in 1976, before massively technical playing was popularized by Yngwie. This is one of the reasons I find Di Meola so special. I have never been more impressed with a 30 year old album that sounds like it could have been released just yesterday. It doesn't have the outdated 80's sound that neoclassical shred has picked up.

Im not sure whether to call Di Meola a shred guitarist, I don't really think he is. He obviously has the ability to shred with the best of them, but he tames it and keeps it under control (Yes, that's a good thing).

Now for the actual songs on the album. There are two that really stand out in my mind. Like everybody else, Race with Devil on Spanish Highway, is a superb demonstration of Di Meola's primo technical astuteness coupled with some awe-inspiring songwriting. The song just sounds really good, any way you look at it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al's Best and One of Fusions Best Too April 4, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Whether you're a serious guitar player or a fusion fan, this is a must have album -- no doubt about it. Al's distinctive style was never better highlighted nor consistently on display as it is on "Elegant Gypsy." This record has it all: scorching improvisation duels, technical wizardry, acoustic and electric variants and masterful and original compositions. And the supporting cast with the likes of Steve Gadd, Jan Hammer and Paco De Lucia is just phenomenal. This is Al and friends at their best before the pressures to pump out more commercially acceptable music (yuck!!!) compromised some of Al's later works. I began listening to this record way back in the 70's and I have yet to find anything from Al that is its equal (and only a few other records from other artists like Pat Martino's "Joyous Lake" which is tragically out of print or some of John McGlaughlin's stuff).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true talent... a true master
his unique creativity, energy and virtuosity on the guitar is stellar
Published 19 days ago by sk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best...
A release that is so enjoyable and creative it stands apart in the Al Di Meola collection of
high quality compositions.
Published 2 months ago by Christian Philipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant
Al Di Meola at his best showing how he captures the fusion of flamenco inspired jazz. The percussion of the strings as he infuses the sounds with inspiration.
Published 6 months ago by Glenn Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the quintessential Dimeola albums
If you're looking for smooth guitar riffs with mellow tones, fast fret-work and great rhythms then this is the album for you. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Topher C
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly good!
I expected this album to be great, but it exceeded even those expectations. The guitar work is, of course, excellent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andy Dysart
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar work at it's finest
The guitar wizardry of Al Di Meola is just incredible listening to songs like "Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" or "Elegant Gypsy Suite" are just... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bradley Kosowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Blockbuster Solo Debut
The guy just does it well. There is just an incredible sense of possibility when you listen to Al master the guitar in his own way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark Speller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
If you love exotic guitar, you will love this. Al DiMeola is a guitar master and all of his music is timeless. This is a feast for your hearing pleasure.
Published 12 months ago by Rhonda Vari
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Musician
One of the best musicians in the world that I have ever heard. It very hard to find any thing better.
Published 14 months ago by cthebyrd
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much to say here
Bought this to expend my Al collection, frankly I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. It just doesn't do anything for me, my advice: listen before you buy there are much better to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John D
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I'd start with this one,followed by Casino,Land of the Midnight Sun,Hotel Splendora.Al played with Return to Forever before he went solo (check out Romantic Warrior or NO Mystery).As far as the best Trio (assuming Di Meola, Mclaughlin,and De Lucia)the Live one Friday Night is the best.
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