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Scenario

Al Di MeolaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025WU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mata Hari
2. African Night
3. Island Dreamer
4. Scenario
5. Sequencer
6. Cachaca
7. Hypnotic Conviction
8. Calliope
9. Scoundrel

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 years later, still innovative. June 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this music was released in 1983, listening to it today, all the innovation (technically and electronically) is still there. you begin to wonder either di Meola is a genius who developed something still new today after 22 years OR our present crop of musicians are not doing much these days. none the less, i give 5 star for the innovation.

by the way, i love di Meola's electronic phase as much as his acoustic phase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whiners go home! Al Fans buy this album! November 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album kicks serious butt! Like anything I buy, the first few listens didn't excite me. But wait a week or two, and when I pick it up again, I find some seriously good music. The music doesn't have as much fire and virtuosity as previous albums have but it is a very nice spin on the 80's fasination with keyboards and synthesizers. The project over-all is very good. In particular, I found that Sequencer, Mata-hari, Cachacha (don't bother correcting the awful spelling) and Island dreamer, are probably the best cuts but it is all good. The reviewers who didn't like this probably shouldn't bother coming to this site. The music is great, don't listen to the spoil sports.
Enjoy some creative music from the master.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, but Not Bad! January 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the last of Mr. di Meola's recordings for Columbia. He had sold millions of copies in the late 70's, with his ground-breaking jazz/fusion recordings like "Elegant Gypsy" and "Splendido Hotel". However, in 1983, fusion was stylistically 'old news'. Many jazz artists had been dropped from major labels by the mid 80's.
"Scenario" is a very strong musical effort. The music is somewhat of a departure from the previous ones, although a natural progression as well. Featuring a generous amount of synthesizers, the album, in my opinion, genuinely reflects the state of instrumental music of the 1980's. The sound is much more relaxed, focused, and in some cases romantic than previous works, but still had the distinguised finger prints of Mr. di Meola. The songs are also much more diverse and ethnic than ever before, and display musical characteristics that continue to persevere in his music today.
With all being said, i'd have to say that this is the weakest of the Al-bums. It, however, was an unfortunate inevitability that Al was dropped from his label. What was FORTUNATE, however, is that he went on to make great recordings throughout the 80s, like "Soaring Through A Dream" and "Tirami Su".
You could hardly go wrong with this music: It is very gentle and adventurous music. As always, the key to listening to good music is to find out for yourself whether or not the music is good for YOU. For me, however, it is great, and I don't think you can go wrong with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Volume Of Electric DiMeola May 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Considering the charged up nature of his previous album to this it was only natural that Al DiMeola,fusion guitar hero of the late 70's would change up his sound this time around. In those three years since he recorded that album the way in which even jazz fusion was produced had changed drastically. The sound of analog synthesizers had been replaced by more rigid sounding digital ones and the sound of the genre was becomming more and more involved with their textures-moving it towards the sound that would become new age. Considering the type of musician DiMeola was his music at this point could've easily drifted that way. But with the addition of Bill Bruford and Phil Collins,both rock drummers with a great deal of interest in fusion as well as keyboard maestro Jan Hammer one was pretty much guarenteed a full,beefy sound.

Mostly this album consists of more flowing numbers such as "Mata Hari","African Night","Island Dramer" and the title song. These compositions rely on Eastern melodic ideas (often on the microtonal side) rather than Western ones and overall compositional strengh is somewhat sacrificed for straight out musical ideas. Sounds like a gas to make for sure but sometimes not as memorable as it could be. Interestingly enough the strengh of the album seems to come when the tempo goes up and the digital keyboards and LINN drums come in. The spirited electro sounds of "Sequencer" is an amazing example,especially when Jan Hammer colors the music with his wonderfully harmonized,trademark rock guitar like synth soloing. "Hypnotic Conviction" and "Calliope" follow suit for a very adventurous,electronically inclined sound to close out the album.

There's a lot of people who give this album a bad rap mainly because it has an early 80's sound in parts of the production.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Inventive May 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I cannot understand the reaction of the two reviewers below. I have all of Al Dimeola's CD's, as well as his side projects, and his collective body of work is truly astonishing. If you follow his career from the early days through his later works, his development and evolution are quite apparent. This CD is no exception. There are some intense pieces here, such as Sequencer, for which he released an interesting video--I'm not going to tell you its one of the top 10 Jazz Fusion disks ever recorded, but if you are an Al Dimeola fan, you should not pass this one up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it better than I remembered December 11, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have all of Al's CDs and thought that this one is my least favorite. But then I played it one day after not hearing it for a couple of years, and found that I like it a lot. It is best to listen to it without insisting that it should sound like his earlier work. That way it can be accepted for what it is. If I lost my copy of it, I would definately buy another one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music During the Techno Jazz Fusion Period
This album can definitely stand as a marker in time and that is why it is 4 stars and not 3. The techno sounds that where incorporated with the music now sounds like the music... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Craig Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Di Meola .- Scenario
A different and excellent work of Al Di Meola. An uncommon sound for your recordings. While it retains the base of his music, find new innovations in collaboration with Phil... Read more
Published 15 months ago by marcelo
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile wankery
3 1/2

Though eighties production can sometimes take a good chunk of vibrancy away from these adventurous jazz-fusion recordings, Meola never sounds dull and often... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by IRate
2.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Di Meola in Dullness and Powdered Sugar
You might want to skip this review if you appreciate Phil Collins's drumming and the Frankie Goes to Hollywood sound of the Fairlight CMI. Read more
Published on December 10, 2009 by James E. Kiely
5.0 out of 5 stars Al D's Best Electronic-fusion Album
Scenario came out in 1983, but the sound is up-to-date, innovative, and without a doubt Al Di Meola's best electronic-fusion outing (all instrumental of course), especially with... Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by Gary Reiner
4.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER TIME
MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Released in 1983, this could be considered Al DiMeola's sixth solo studio album. Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Driven langour....
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Memorable music resonates with its setting. For me, Scenario will forever be remembered with long twilight drives across the northern Nevada desert, a cold Coors at... Read more
Published on July 29, 2006 by Peter D. Tillman
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