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Flesh on Flesh

Al Di MeolaAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 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 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00006EXFV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ever since he burst on the scene as a teenage member of the fusion group Return to Forever, Al Di Meola has reigned as a guitar god in jazz, flamenco, and world music circles. Those genres are well represented on this disc, with guests Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, flutist Alejandro Santos, and World Sinfonia members Gumbi Ortiz (percussion) and Mario Parmisano (keyboards). While Di Meola's lightning licks are still in effect, they are tempered by Old World, classically tinged settings with a dash of '70s-style fusion. Chick Corea's "Señor Mouse" is elegantly reworked, and "Fugata" by the Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla retains cool and complex contrapuntal lines. Di Meola plays a number of guitars on this date, from a 1958 Les Paul to an Ovation model, but it's all Al Di Meola and it's all good. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Tranquility March 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Al DiMeola's music is hard to write about. I have had this CD for more than a year now, and still have difficulty finding the proper words to describe it. It's technical, it's virtuoso, and it's extremely intellectual. There is something about DiMeola's compositions, particularly since Soaring Through A Dream, that is almost trance-inducing.
DiMeola is far more than just another fast guitarist, he is an explorer and a genre-bending virtuoso. With Flesh On Flesh, he shows once again that he is not afraid to take chances with the music of some of the greatest modern composers of other lands. Argentine master Astor Piazzolla has been a long-time favorite of his and in addition to one of AP's compositions, DiMeola offers his interpretation of a work by the renowned Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.
I had feared, as a couple of other reviewers, that the nude woman on the cover was a device to disguise schlock within much as with DiMeola's uninspired Kiss My Axe. To my delight, it was not. The CD is jammed with great music that fills the listener with a feeling of mystic tranquility.
Some reviewers complain of a similarity to other DiMeola works. Perhaps there are superficial similarities with music he has recorded in the past, but beyond that Flesh On Flesh just adds to the catalogue of DiMeola's fine accomplishments. My favorites are the dreamy Innamorata, the Piazzolla classic Fugata, and the mellow Saffire Soleil. I also enjoy the reworking of Senor Mouse, an old standard from Al's Casino album. I am least fond of the title cut, but it does not really detract from the album as a whole.
Over all, Flesh On Flesh is an excellent album that should please most current DiMeola fans as well as attract some new ones. The four stars mean that its not among his very best, but its not at all bad. Check it out!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al is playing his own style now! February 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
With Flesh on Flesh Al Dimeola has developed his own style. Let me say a word about my approach here. Too many Amazon reviews gush all over about how great the album his, without providing context. This is written for the experienced or curious Dimeola fan, to discuss where Al has come from and where he is now.

In 1974 Al Dimeola made a big impression in the jazz-fusion world as Chick Corea's new guitarist for Return to Forever, replacing the amazing but gritty Bill Connors. With his first few solo albums in the 70's he showed good writing ability as well. But since then he has labored in the shadows of guitarists John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny, as well as his mentor Corea. In the 80's he got a bit mired in a fusion rut where speed and accuracy trumped most everything else. He tried to climb out by following Metheny's lead into Brazilian sounds, but to me it was too derivative, not quite right for Al. In the 90's he did some world music, more fusion, and more Brazilian, all excellent, but he never quite achieved a cohesive sound. The best exception to this was 1985's great, all-acoustic Cielo y Terra.

Well, I'm glad to say here that has changed. This album is a complete whole, with great playing, but more importantly, all good compositions that reflect Al's own style. Some songs are great, including the edgy intro Zona Desperata, title piece Flesh on Flesh, which runs a range of emotions as it implies, and the complex Fugata. His band supports him perfectly, not reclusive as some times past but mixed in just right. Al even has fun with Corea's Senor Mouse, funking it up a bit and curtailing the tense middle section. (Al clearly wishes he'd played with Chick for the great Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, as this is his third song from that album.) He has less need to impress here, and just wants to play his own music for us. Keep it up, Al!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Dinner Music of the Gods December 11, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Di Meola says on the record sleeve that on "Flesh on Flesh" he deliberately attempted to fuse the energy of his earliest records with his more sophisticated, compositional approach of more recent records. Sounds contrived? Or like some "commercial comeback" marketing gag, like the blurb on the "Kiss My Axe" and "Infinite Desire" sleeves? The naked woman on the front cover might convince you that way as well, but think again! Al really does achieve such a balance on this record and it is one of his best. The big bonus (believe it or not) is the inclusion of a flute in the band (perhaps the old Chick Corea influence?). It gives the music a sensuous, melodious tone that permeats the whole album and fits in among the fast Cuban rhtyhms and Al's acoustic and electric guitar playing remarkably well. Some tunes on this one are as orchestral in approach (though there's no orchestra on the record), as on Grande Passion. The difference is that the music is a lot more "up" on this record: meaning both upbeat in tempo and upbeat spiritually, in a joyous kind of way. The title track is a great example of that: acoustic guitar and flute playing a graceful, joyful melody over a very fast Cuban rhtyhm and concluding with an electric solo with all the passion of Dark Eye Tango. The music has that kind of passionate, electric-guitarist-as-lead-violinist, spirit to it that has been missing since Al put down his Les Paul, but the music is entirely new in style...that's whats so pleasing (I bet) to all Al fans. Al plays a new acoustic-electric guitar on this record, which sometimes has a similar tone to his early style Les Paul playing. When he does pick up the electric on this one, he does "let fly" a bit, playing fast and with an "edgy" tone. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst sounding albums I have ever heard
This album sounds like a 33 rpm playing at 45 rpm of coarse it a digital recording (SACD) on a disc so it is at the correct speed. Just unlistenable.
Published 4 months ago by Michael H. Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like him.....
Al Di Meola is a god among gods in the jazz and guitar world. Came upon him a little later than his Return To Forever Days, but caught up real real fast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carl Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as exciting as I had hoped from Al Dimeola
Same comment as before. But the style of music is most listenable, and some of the best rythmic interaction in music.
Published 6 months ago by Stanley R Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe this much skill resides in one man
Al Di Meola defines what exceptional guitar playing means. I know musicians that almost quit playing after listening to him rip a guitar to shreds. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Woodworker
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar virtuso
Before listening to my first Al Di Meola Cd I wasn't much of a guitar fan, but there is so much more to his work . Read more
Published 16 months ago by joseph boehm
5.0 out of 5 stars this sacd sounds sup superb
this sacd sounds super and the al di meola is awsome, just like al his music. Hus guitar is so sensual. No wonder the cover.
Published 21 months ago by Vern Dragomir
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE MORE FANTASTIC CD !!!!
IF you haven't got any of this guy's CD's and you like good stuff then you got to get some of this stuff !!!!!!!
Published on December 16, 2011 by Ballsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Completely Satisfying...
I went searching for a DiMeola album that I did not yet have. They're pretty scarce in stores, so I inevitably come here, and most often find what I'm looking for. Read more
Published on November 18, 2009 by Paul M. Provencher
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Mr. D's Best
I read some of the other reviews and had to put in my five cents... I was quite surprised by the quality of the music on this CD. Read more
Published on September 17, 2007 by E. Minkovitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking innovation
Al Dimeola is a great master of guitar. He knows how to make the guitar to cry, to chat, or to sing. Does he experiment? Yes, he does. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by Alex
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