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A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley ... Read more in Amazon's Al Di Meola Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00006EXFV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zona Desperata
2. Innamorata
3. Meninas
4. Flesh On Flesh
5. Fugata
6. Deep And Madly
7. Saffire Soleil
8. Señor Mouse

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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Djon Hampton on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For almost any other guitarist this would have proved to be an excellent outing but with Al DiMeola excellent equates to just okay. There is nothing wrong with the recording in fact it is exemplary, melodic, rhythmic, it has a refined ambiance, but that is in its essence where it falls down. It is a subtle and refined selection of music but it lacks the raw passion & fire of his earlier work. A worthy addition to any music collection but not this particular artist at his best.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
If you are an avid fan of Al's more frantic fusion then this album will possibly not appeal. However if you like Al in his reflective, World music mode then this album will not disappoint. All the usual Al ingredients - Tango rhythms, exotic percussion, tricky time signatures and of course his highly precise guitar style are all here. Sample say one track- the haunting 'Innamorata' and you will have an idea of what to expect. A well-wrought composition, superb playing and a beautifully conceived production sound, gives a finished product that is dynamic and very involving. There is much else to enjoy here. One of the most enjoyable tracks has to be 'Meninas' a melancholic little tune with a wonderful acoustic statement of the melody by Al, showing if nothing else that he is a musician capable of depth and feeling and not just blistering guitar runs.

'Flesh on Flesh' is perhaps not the most essential Al Di Meola album, but for me it remains a pleasure to listen to. Hi-Fi buffs could consider this a demonstration standard disc, it is recorded with such a sense of detail yet breadth of sound. Recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Mystic Tranquility 14 Mar. 2004
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
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!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Al is playing his own style now! 12 Feb. 2006
By D. M. Paine - Published on Amazon.com
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!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
True Dinner Music of the Gods 12 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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. On a couple of tracks he even does (briefly) his old trademark speed muted picking/flamenco style of playing that he hasn't done for over 20 years. This is NOT a rock album, even though its energetic. There is nothing mechanical or contrived sounding about it (as on Infinite Desire) and there's no sense of Al trying a new style just for the sake of it (as on Orange and Blue) The music, like all Al's best music, is sensual, without being raunchy or the slightest hint of sleaze, energetic without being noisy. It is real "Dinner Music of the Gods" and, after a few listens, you'll see the record sleeve as a piece of art not a cheap excuse for putting a naked woman on the cover. He plays a classical guitar better than any jazz guitarist in history. The album is short enough at 50 mins (with two long jam like tracks taking up nearly 20 mins), but perhaps the best recommendation for the album in this respect is that you won't mind...its not one of those CDs you say: oh, its only 45 mins long--I'm not getting value for money. The music is too special for the thought to come into your head and reminds you that some of the best albums are the shorter ones, especially if it captures the spirit of the artist as well as this one. Joyful, tuneful music--what more could you want? This: Al plays acoustic and electric on this album with grace, passion and a touch of fire and there's none of that sampling, with guitars sounding like oboes or bells, stuff he did before. Instead it is much more of a guitar album and Al's band's achieve a blend of acoustic and electric works with a better balance of energy, melody and passion than ever before. Al is still the only artist I've come across who can play loud electric guitar music, loosy jazzy music, folk music or you name it while maintaining a POWERFUL SPIRIT to his music that seems to come from some a Latin/classical inspired source. That's the magic that's run through his whole solo career and that magic is here. Italian-Americans should be proud of him!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Seriously In Al's top 5 28 Oct. 2002
By Brandon Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here is my inevitable "new(ish) Al release" review, here for you to read (or skim over, depending on whether or not it's worth reading). I've done my share of kissing up, and saying that the current Al release is the best ever. I've backed off for a while, delved into newer musical terrorities, and for the last year or so, have kept my palette relatively clean of di Meola's cd's. Now, i've just listened to this album, and it blows me away. The compositions are fantastic, the musicianship is top-of-the-line, and this music is just some of the best you're going to find in the modern jazz market.
This music is seemingly both an extension of di Meola's on-going tribute to Astor Piazolla, as is evidenced by such albums as "The Grande Passion", with its small groups, orchestras, and tango arrangments. Al showed then just how much farther ahead his music can and will progress, by focusing primarily on the music, the emotions behind it, instead of merely the flashy guitar licks. This, my friends, is yet another notch up the ladder.
I feel this to be the musical succesor to the afore-mentioned release, and his album "Kiss My Axe" from roughly 10 years ago. As on those recordings, although the melodic content of the music, along with the gentle progression of the material were the center-pieces, the real treat were the few tunes on 'KmA" where Al took out his classic Les Paul and burned the house down with his solos. He does this on his new album, and trust me, as contradictory it is for me to say that the fast licks arent important, and then to say that they are pivotal.....well, it's well worth the ride. Al can play faster, cleaner, more precise, and more intelligently than many of the others on the scene.
I don't want to point out specific tracks, but will assure that the music is diverse from one track to another. On some, you'll hear the traditional tango, and the next a soft acoustic number. There's a particular few, early on, where the percussion takes on an almost techno kind of rhythm. Al is moving with the times, as always. As much as I love the melodies and the emotional inflection of the notes, as soon as that distorted les paul starts zooming into the soundscape, i'm hooked. Maybe it's a male thing, or something related to the ephiphany I experienced as I walked home that first time listening to "Splendido Hotel".....I don't know. All I can truly say is that Al and his band are among the best, most talented, particularly his percussion section. It's just beyond me to describe it without sounding obsessed.......which, even after the time away from my fanatical Al listening, is still as strong as ever. Fanatic or not, i'm in love with this music. Let's hope for a live album....20 years is too long to wait!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Di Meola Disc 25 Sept. 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every piece on this disc is strong and fully realized. It sounds like great care was taken in their design, each note has purpose and value. The composing is breathtaking and not like anything else happening in fusion today. The twists, turns, textures and tones are beautiful and fascinating to listen too. Al's compositional chops are becoming very strong with each new release. I eagerly await his next outting. If your a fan of Di Meola, fusion or the guitar in general you shouldn't be disappointed with this release.
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