Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy (1977/1997)

Al Di Meola - Elegant Gypsy
Artist: Al Di Meola
Album: Elegant Gypsy
Genre: Jazz Rock / Fusion
Label: Sony
Year Of Release: 1977/1997
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Tracklist:
01. Flight Over Rio (7:16)
02. Midnight Tango (6:17)
03. Percussion Intro (1:11)
04. Mediterranean Sundance (5:15)
05. Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (6:18)
06. Lady Of Rome, Sister Of Brazil (1:46)
07. Elegant Gypsy Suite (9:15)

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Personnel:
Al Di Meola – guitars
Paco De Lucia – acoustic guitar
Jan Hammer – electric piano, Minimoog
Anthony Jackson – bass guitar
Barry Miles – keyboards
Lenny White – drums
Mingo Lewis – percussions

Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the “Elegant Gypsy Suite”), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. He was still a member of Return to Forever at the time and was a stronger guitarist than composer, but di Meola did put a lot of thought into this music. The brief “Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil” (an acoustic guitar solo) and “Mediterranean Sundance” (an acoustic duet with fellow guitarist Paco de Lucía) hints at di Meola’s future directions. A near classic in the fusion vein.
Review by Scott Yanow

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