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The Guitar Trio

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De LuciaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000004756
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This was only the second recording for the Guitar Trio, coming a full 16 years after 1980's Friday Night in San Francisco, but it's a fitting sequel. Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, and John McLaughlin once again demonstrate extraordinary virtuosity, accelerated runs tumbling over one another until identities blur. Repeated listening, however, starts to focus on the subtle differences in nuance, especially in the compositions. Though DeLucia grew up in a tradition of Spanish flamenco guitar, Brazilian rhythmic touches often appear in his work, beginning with the opening "Estiba." The American Di Meola seems influenced by music of the Middle East ("Beyond the Mirage"), and the English McLaughlin has strong affinities with the music of Northern India, most apparent here in his "Letter from India." Ultimately, the impression of dazzling techniques gives way, revealing the group's deeper empathy. --Adam Rains

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning November 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"The Guitar Trio" of Paco De Lucia, Al DiMeola, and John McLaughlin join together again to perform their magic again with this stunning album. Although it has the same premise as their "Friday Night Live In San Francisco", there are some big differences. One, it's not live, and two, twenty years have passed. Although it is missing a bit of that live energy, this is an incredible album.
The Trio work well together taking turns soloing over the tune. The liner notes are kind enough to tell which of the guitar virtuosos is taking the solo. On most of the tunes, they each take one solo. Not only do they share the solo work, the share the composition work each taking the pen to write several songs each. The playing moves from fast and furious, to slow and peaceful. The rhythms are almost all Latin with a flamenco feel to them. "Le Monastere Dans Les Montagnes" is a good representation of both of these feels. The song is sometimes quiet, and nearly passive, and then with a burst of finger, the notes leap out at you in a rapid fire pace. The album opens with a very flamenco sounding "La Estiba". Add in highlights like "Midsummer Night", "Manha De Carnaval" and "Espiritu" you can't go wrong with this album.
Once again, these three show the unique chemistry they have between them. It would have been interesting to see how this album faired if it was recorded live. These guys get better with each passing year, and I look forward to their next collaboration. This should definitely be added to your Trio collection.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing and Brilliant November 12, 2002
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This is the finest guitar recording I have ever heard, certainly, in my opinion, the best recording ever for Paco, John, and Al. Most reviewers and listeners will disagree with me, pointing to the excellent 'Friday Night in San Francisco' as the definitive session for this trio. That certainly is an amazing date, but this recording is deeper and the playing is at such a level that I am blown away every time I listen to it. What is so impressive is the uniqueness of all of the compositions. On some recordings the tunes seems to blend together, but not on this one. All of the compositions are so different, yet so pleasing, that even after 30 listenings this CD seems as fresh to me as the first time.
It is hard for me to convey to the reader the superbness of the playing on this date. The 3 guitars are flawlessly, seamlessly and intricately weaving the music like a beautiful and complex tapestry, but the sound is always pleasing to the ear. There are no wasted notes, no irrelevant riffs made to impress the listener. The trio is creating and improvising at a level of communication that is utterly astonishing and amazing. I have never heard such power, beauty, intricacy and melody from any guitar combo that can compare to this one. It wasn't until the 10th listening that I was able to even begin to appreciate the music on this date. I have been listening to music of all kinds for 40 years and I rate this CD as one of my all time favorites.
There are 9 tunes on the CD, all different. Some are powerful and quick, while others are slower, but every cut has some amazing moments. It is worth the price of the CD for the last cut alone, 'Cardeosa'. This track is one of the most amazing pieces of music I've ever heard.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, so the energy that was there in FNiSF is not present here... but how could you expect that without it being live?
The three guitarists hold back on some of the tracks here, and while they still have amazing technique and showcase it often, there are slower moments here. This may make it "boring" to those that expect it to burn thoughout as with FNiSF, however for the true fan of the acoustic guitar, this album never fails.
It is obvious that the three have come a long way (at least in their compositions), as they are far more sophisticated than in their previous recordings. Two songs from Al's "The Infinite Desire" are here, and a third, "Espirutu" which adds some percussion to the guitars. Paco adds two strong flamenco pieces, of which I preffered the uplifting "Cardeosa". John's fun "Midsummer Night" brings back some of the energy of FNiSF and is a highlight of the CD, while his other two compositions (particularly Letter from India) are also very good. Finally, John and Al play the beautiful Manha de Carnaval, the slowest piece here.
If you're not a fan of flamenco/jazz, or are expecting the same energy as showcased in Friday Night in San Francisco, don't buy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamenco meets jazz, part III. August 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
After listening to the extraordinare Friday Night in San Francisco and Passion, Grace and Fire, you couln't expect less than a true display of guitar virtousism. And that's what we get. De Lucia master playing (he plays in a true flamenco way, with no pic, just his fingers), DiMeola's compositions, and McLaughlin's feeling on the guitar, takes on a journey through Manha de Carnaval (a latin america classic), Azzura and Beyong The Mirage (both now on DiMeola's last opus, The Infinite Desite). Definitly one of the most incredible acoustic sets I've ever heard. Outstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love players from different genres coming together. This works
Published 22 days ago by David Matthews-jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it seems like 3 guitarist just showboating
I've formed a different opinion of this album every time I have heard it. Sometimes it seems like 3 guitarists just showboating, other times it is sublime. Read more
Published 24 days ago by AmazonBuyer175
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are at all enthused by guitar music and ...
If you are at all enthused by guitar music and especially in the category of Flamenco, this album will keep you 'happy' for a LONG time. They guys are a treat to listen to.
Published 29 days ago by Mitch Oldroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso brilliance
This is the third (of three) recording releases by this trio of virtuoso guitarists, playing their unique melange of classical, flamenco and jazz styles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Guardian
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 rd disc of the trio-- weakest of the set
Great but lacking some of the fire from Friday night in San Francisco. These guys are phenomenal but this is my least fav of the 3 discs.
Published 11 months ago by Cinemagic
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind Recording
Regardless of the kind of music you love, this is one unique session that you must know and listen to. Enjoy!
Published 14 months ago by Marc Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Soul" version of the two encounters...
These three masters played together in SF earlier, but that concert felt to me like a testosterone fest. You had to have been there... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alexandra de la Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guitar Man
This is another cd that was brought by someone I met. We both had great interest in good music, and he gave me 3 titles of cd 's to purchase, so when I got back to the states I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by rastadoll
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Players Together
I have wanted the song Manha De Carnaval for a long time. I found it on this album and it is a very good version. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Travelin' Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Music like this comes once every 50 years. The combined genius of these three brilliant guitar players is hard to find in any genre, let alone the guitar. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J
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