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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 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B004K7M75K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Reissue of a 2011 album by guitar great Al Di Meola, featuring all-star guests Peter Erskine, Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba amongst others.

The album features Al on both acoustic and electric guitars. Special guests include Charlie Haden on bass, Peter Erskine on drums, Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, Mino Cinelu on percussion, Barry Miles on keyboards and the Sturz String Quartet. In addition to thirteen Di Meola compositions, the album winds down with a cover of The Beatles "Strawberry Fields" and Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", a tribute to the late Les Paul.

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(4 stars) Masterful jazz/world hybrid...a globetrotting tour de force...countless examples of the fearsome chops that made Meola such an influential player. -- Guitarist, (Bill Weaving), May 2011

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karl on 18 April 2011
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Al Di Meola has enjoyed an impressively long career as a recording artist.
He burst onto the scene playing in Chick Corea's Return to Forever fusion band, soon moving out on his own as soloist and valued collaborator with the likes of John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke and Jean-Luc Ponty.
The guitar virtuoso was only 22 when he recorded his first album as a leader, "Land of the Midnight Sun", back in 1976 (although he had joined Chick Corea's Return to Forever at 19), and a 56-year-old Di Meola was still going strong when 2011 arrived.
Di Meola's playing has evolved along the way; the shredding, intensity, speed, and pyrotechnics of his early albums were replaced by a more lyrical and introspective approach that shows some awareness of Pat Metheny yet is distinctively Al Di Meola.
But one thing about the guitarist that hasn't changed is his affection for world music, which was a major influence on early albums such as "Land of the Midnight Sun", "Elegant Gypsy", and "Casino", and is also a strong influence on his 2011 release "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody".
This excellent album is jazz-rock fusion, but it is also world jazz; Di Meola maintains a decidedly international perspective throughout the CD, incorporating everything from Argentinian tango to Spanish flamenco to Middle Eastern and North African music.
Afro-Cuban salsa is also part of the equation, and two of Di Meola's guests are people with definite Latin credentials: bassist Charlie Haden (let's not forget Haden's Revolution Music Orchestra of the '60s and '70s, or the boleros he played on 2000's "Nocturne"), Havana-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the ever-impressive accordionist Fausto Beccalossi.
The Afro-Cuban influence is especially strong on "Gumbiero" and "Destination: Gonzalo".
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Radical and Superb 22 Mar. 2011
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When I saw them in concert a couple of years ago, DiMeola's current band struck me as being between several stools. Accordion + loud electric guitar? Heavy drums + no bass or keyboards? It was a strange sound & combination, and I felt that their new material could do with some added band members & orchestration to bring the tunes to life. "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody" does this...and more.

I would call this an uncompromising, inventive & artistic record, coming after a five-year hiatus in DiMeola studio recordings. I will try and explain.

In common with Pat Metheny, DiMeola has done many fine records where, in addition to great instrumental skills, the music can sound like a pop or rock record in terms of its production. Call it 'mainstream' or 'commercial' if you wish. That has a plus & a downside, the plus being its great musicality (to a higher level than pop/rock guys can offer), the downside being the music or melodies can sound a little too familiar or 'eager to please', even if they avoid the blandness of so-called 'smooth jazz'. Some of DiMeola's best records in the last 20 years have been 'World Sinfonia' albums, as is this one, but those records, while not 'mainstream', also had an easily recognisable, or 'feel at home', sound, due to their heavy reliance on Astor Piazzolla material. By contrast, there are no Piazzolla tunes on this album. Instead, along with two cover versions, there are 13 original compositions all of which throw a 'curve ball' at the listener in the sense that they feature compositional turns, improvisations & orchestrations that will not remind you of anything else. I say this as someone who has heard all DiMeola's albums and much else besides. If this record reminds me in any way of any other recording, it might be Chick Corea's "Ultimate Adventure", if only due to its very free-spirited, imaginative & open-ended approach, but I think "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody" actually far outshines that album in terms of compositional depth and inventive, while never repetitive, musical development. There is not a single lazy moment on this album in terms of content or style.

The album is recorded, mixed & produced brilliantly. There is an equal amount of electric & acoustic guitar playing on this album, and it is strictly a pure nylon-string acoustic & clean-toned electric sound (which pleases me, for one, as DiMeola sometimes relies a little too heavily for my tastes on MIDI effects). I think this album represents the ever-growing maturity & development of DiMeola as a musician in more ways than one. For one thing, I would consider this as the most jazzy of DiMeola's solo albums to date and yet it is also characterised by longstanding (if not very jazzy) DiMeola styles, such as sensitive nylon string playing (evident since the mid-80s) and highly rhythmic, not exactly 'swinging', twists & turns involving heavy snare drums & solid-body electric guitar (evident since the mid-70s). Not until track 10 does a tune in 4-4 appear! The combination of all three factors actually works, however, to such a degree that this is constantly a musically stimulating, challenging and at the same time warm & richly harmonic sounding record. The latter point is worth stressing, because with all these contrasting elements the music could have ended up cacophonic, which it is not, or so tight that jazz improvisations are missing, which they are not.

To conclude, I would say this is DiMeola's best album since 'The Grande Passion' while in terms of its melodic content it actually outshines that album in at least one sense, namely its non-reliance on the use of a single 'traditional' & 'familiar' musical phrase, from start to finish. If the key to artistic brilliance is to create something that will never remind you of anything or anybody else, maybe one could say that DiMeola has truly realised his artistic potential with this album, which provides very fresh listening.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rich! 27 Mar. 2011
By Fito Che - Published on Amazon.com
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"Flying" is the word I can best use to describe the joyous sensation I felt when listening to this CD! It's rich, inspiring and takes me out of this world of chaos to a higher place. Thank you Al Di Meola! Thank you for a wonderful concert in Nashville too! Please visit us again soon! We love you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Dimeola delights! 19 Nov. 2011
By John Keating - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Al Di Meola for over 25 years. This man is a phenomenal musician and composer who isn't afraid to try new musical styles. I loved Elegant Gypsy (blazing guitar). I revisit much of his early work, but this is different and is just as impressive. The music is so beautiful and mesmorizing...it is transformative. This man plays with the same passion and fire as he did on Gypsy, but the music here has an intensity all its own. I cannot stop listening to it. Here's another interesting observation...it always sounds new (every listening session is great). If you enjoy an artist who truly epitomizes what the term "artist" really means, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody showcases this perfectly. This is MUSIC. Enjoy the experience.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Masterful Tunes from the Master 10 Jun. 2011
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
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When I hear a recording that I enjoy, I like to read the negative comments as well as the positive ones so as to temper my enthusiasm. OK, so Al DiMeola's sound is instantly identifiable. So we have heard similar sounds from him before. So there is nothing here that is radically new. Well, all that is true to an extent but I would think that DiMeola's fans would expect a little continuity in his sound.
It's been quite some time since Al DiMeola introduced his World Sinfonia. But it's also been quite some time since he has revisited the concept. In case you haven't been paying attention, there have been numerous recorded digressions meeting with varying degrees of success in the last decade. So here on Pursuit of a Radical Rhapsody he reintroduces the formula which largely propelled his career through the 1990s. And though it is sometimes familiar it is never quite the same.
The opening tune, Siberiana, instantly takes me back to the time of Heart of the Immigrants. Then a few cuts later, Gumbiero will take you back to his earliest years. That Way Before evokes the days of Orange and Blue before electrifying the listener with the superb Fireflies. Further evidence of DiMeola's continued masterful sampling of international musical textures is to be found on Mawazine Pt 2.
Now I don't claim that this is one of his best, far from it. I certainly could have done without his covers of Strawberry Fields and Over the Rainbow. But there is a lot to like even in the tunes I left unmentioned.
The CD is accompanied by an eight-page booklet that contains song info, pictures, and the usual thank yous to all and sundry. It comes housed in a standard jewel box casing. If you are more than just a casual fan of Al Dimeola, Pursuit of a Radical Rhapsody is yet another in a long line of his albums that deserves a place in your collection. Get it while you still can and enjoy it for what it is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
WOW! 9 Jun. 2011
By Jay Bee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an incredibly off-the-wall effort by Al DiMeola, with a space-cajun flavor that is very different and new. The odd-measure tunes and some of the incredibly fast passages my be a bit maddening at first, but you get used to it, and the appreciation sets in. Not jazzy - this is a bold experiment in time and rhythm, with impeccable musicianship. I love this CD - maybe you will too.
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