Guitar wizardry is just one part of the musical equation that makes Al Di Meola's 2002 album 'Flesh On Flesh' so compelling. It is now available at mid-price.
Di Meola has gathered together a diverse and highly talented supporting cast of world-class musicians, including bassist Anthony Jackson, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, flautist Alejandro Santos and World Sinfonia members Gumbi Ortiz on percussion and Mario Parmisano on keyboards. In addition to contributing five originals, Di Meola also updates compositions by pianist Chick Corea, Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla and Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti.
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 percussionist and keyboardist Gumbi Ortiz and Mario Parmisano. While DiMeola's lighting licks are still in effect, they are tempered by Old World, classically tinged settings with a dash of 70s-style fusion. Chick Corea's "Senor 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 DiMeola and it's all good. --Eugene Holley, Jr