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Passionate, graceful - and fingers on the fretboard going up in flames
on 14 March 2014
The big appeal of this 1983 studio release from McLaughlin, Di Meola and De Lucia lies in the delightful compositional arrangements, the faultless execution of playing and seeming telepathic interplay between these three great guitarists.
The music is all acoustic/Spanish guitar, a 100% instrumental meld of classical, jazz and flamenco styles. Most listeners will be wowed initially by the superlative fretboard fingering, the phenomenal technical mastery of the instruments. But listen again, and the soul of the music shines through: there's light and shade, passion and grace in equal measure, complex subtle textures woven through the mind & heart to set the pulse a-racing.
This music is absolutely superb, among the best guitar music you'll ever hear, if not THE best. Check out also this trio's live-on-stage performance on `Friday Night in San Francisco' where showmanship, humour and improvisational flair are on display to complement the technical excellence and compositional brilliance here.