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Encyclopedia > Al Di Meola
Al Di Meola

Born July 22, 1954
Jersey City, New Jersey
USA
Genre(s) Jazz Fusion
Affiliation(s) Chick Corea
Years active 1974—present
Official site http://www.aldimeola.com

Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. Image File history File linksMetadata Al_Di_Meola_(1979). ... The skyline of Jersey City, as seen from Lower New York Bay. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Jersey City within New Jersey. ... Bitches Brew (1970) by Miles Davis is considered the most influential early fusion album. ... Latin jazz is the general term given to music that combines rhythms from African and Latin American countries with jazz harmonies from the United States. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ...


Di Meola is a resident of Old Tappan, New Jersey.[1] Old Tappan is a Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. ...

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Career

In 1971, he enrolled in the the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1974 he joined Chick Corea's band, Return to Forever, and played with the band until a major lineup shift in 1976. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Return to Forever was the name of various jazz fusion bands founded and led by keyboardist Chick Corea. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ...


Di Meola went on to explore a variety of styles, but is most noted for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion works. He is a four time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll.


Guitar historian Robert Lynch states: "In the history of the electric guitar, no one figure has done more to advance the instrument in a purely technical manner than Mr. Di Meola. His total command of the various styles and scales is simply mind boggling. I feel privileged to have been able to study his work all these years."


Lynch continues, "Just this past week I was watching an older clip of Mr. Di Meola's take on the classic Rolling Stones tune 'Jumpin Jack Flash' and I was completely floored with his ability to assimilate Keith Richards' raw and unbridled rock and roll stylings." Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of the British musical group The Rolling Stones in 1962. ...


In addition to a prolific solo career, he has engaged in successful collaborations with bassist Stanley Clarke, synthesizer player Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and guitarists John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ... Jan Hammer on the cover of Berklee Today Magazine Jan Hammer (pronounced yaan hah-mur) (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a composer and musician. ... Grappelli (left) and Jean-Luc Ponty (right). ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ...


In the beginning of his career Di Meola was noted for his technical mastery and extremely fast, complex guitar solos and compositions, although even on his early albums, he had begun to explore Mediterranean cultures and acoustic genres like flamenco. Good examples are "Mediterranean Sundance" and "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" from the Elegant Gypsy album (1977). His early albums were very influential among rock and jazz guitarists alike. Di Meola continued to explore Latin music within the jazz-fusion genre with albums like Casino and Splendido Hotel. He exhibited a more subtle touch on acoustic numbers like "Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars" from the Casino album, and on the best-selling live album with McLaughlin and de Lucia, Friday Night in San Francisco. In 1980, he also toured with fellow Latin rocker, Carlos Santana. Elegant Gypsy is a 1977 album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola Tracks Flight Over Rio Midnight Tango Mediterranean Sundance Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway Lady of Rome Sister of Brazil Elegant Gypsy Suite Category: ... Friday Night in San Francisco is an album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía released in 1981 and recorded at the Warfield Theatre in 5 December 1980, in San Francisco. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ...


With Scenario, he explored the electronic side of jazz in a collaboration with Jan Hammer (of Miami Vice theme fame). Beginning with this change, he further expanded his horizons with the acoustic album Cielo e Terra. He began to incorporate guitar/synthesizers on albums such as Soaring Through a Dream. Beginning in the 1990s, Di Meola recorded albums closer to World music and modern Latin styles than jazz. A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitarist to play synthesizers. ...


He has continued to tour, playing in smaller venues like The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, and House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recent concerts have included a sampling of his newer material (an engaging mix of acoustic, "distorted acoustic", and guitar/synthesizer with a looser format than the songs on the early solo albums) along with a selection of electric guitar numbers from the early albums. Di Meola often closes out shows with an energetic rendition of one of his most challenging (to play, that is) pieces, "Race with Devil on Spanish Highway", from the Elegant Gypsy album. Even in technical showcases like this, he combines blindingly fast scalar runs with subtle, dazzling rhythms, and melodic phrases. Because of his early recordings, Di Meola became arguably the most important pioneer of shred guitar, influencing guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen (with whom he appeared on keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Black Utopia (2003)). However, in most cases after the early 1980s, Di Meola has largely distanced himself from this approach. The Birchmere is a well-known, intimate concert hall in Alexandria, Virginia, known for showcasing quality performers in the jazz, country, and folk genres. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Shred guitar refers to a guitar playing style where technical proficiency is used to maximize (and sometimes specifically demonstrate) speed, often in a neoclassical framework. ... Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. ... Derek Sherinian is a ‎rock and fusion keyboardist based in Los Angeles, California. ... Black Utopia is the third solo album by keyboardist Derek Sherinian. ...


Discography

Solo Works

Image File history File links Elegant_gypsy. ... Image File history File links Elegant_gypsy. ... Elegant Gypsy is a 1977 album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola Tracks Flight Over Rio Midnight Tango Mediterranean Sundance Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway Lady of Rome Sister of Brazil Elegant Gypsy Suite Category: ... Image File history File links Kissmyaxe. ... Image File history File links Kissmyaxe. ... Kiss My Axe is a 1988 album by guitarist Al Di Meola. ... Land of the Midnight Sun is the first album by Al Di Meola, released in 1976. ... Elegant Gypsy is a 1977 album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola Tracks Flight Over Rio Midnight Tango Mediterranean Sundance Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway Lady of Rome Sister of Brazil Elegant Gypsy Suite Category: ... Casino is a 1978 album by Latin jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola. ... Splendido Hotel is an album by Al Di Meola released in 1980 as double album and CD. Track Listing Alien Chase On Arabian Desert (Al Di Meola) Silent Story In Her Eyes (Al Di Meola) Roller Jubilee (Philippe Saisse) Two To Tango (Al Di Meola) Al Dis Dream Theme... Electric Renedezvous is an album by Al Di Meola released in 1981, after their show with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía in Friday Night in San Francisco, who make his second performance in a Meolas album. ... Tour de Force -Live- is a live album by Al Di Meola, released in 1982, and recorded at the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1982. ... Scenario is a 1983 album by Jazz-Fusion Guitarist Al DiMeola. ... Cielo e Terra is the title of the 1996 solo album by Al di Meola. ... Capoeira (Al Di Meola, Airto Moreira) – 9:21 Traces (Of A Tear)(Al Di Meola) – 9:00 Ballad (Al Di Meola) – 5:00 July (Al Di Meola) – 5:25 Mariña (Al Di Meola, Airto Moreira) – 4:45 Soaring Through A Dream (Al Di Meola, Aito Moreira) – 12:26 Categories... Tirami Su is the title of the 1987 album by Al Di Meola and the Al Di Meola Project. ... Al Di Meola Plays Piazzolla is a tribute album by Al Di Meola to the Argentinas composer Astor Piazzolla. ... Kiss My Axe is a 1988 album by guitarist Al Di Meola. ... The name of the album is THE GRANDE PASSION by the group WORLD SINFONIA ... Consequence of Chaos is a 2006 album by Al Di Meola. ...

Collaborations

As Producer Go was a supergroup made up of Stomu Yamashta (percussion and keyboards), Steve Winwood (vocals and keyboards), Al DiMeola (lead guitar), Klaus Schulze (synthesizers), Jerome Rimson (bass guitar), Pat Thrall (guitar on Live), Brother James (congas on Live), Michael Shrieve (drum kit), and Karen Friedman (vocals on Live). For a... Go was a supergroup made up of Stomu Yamashta (percussion and keyboards), Steve Winwood (vocals and keyboards), Al DiMeola (lead guitar), Klaus Schulze (synthesizers), Jerome Rimson (bass guitar), Pat Thrall (guitar on Live), Brother James (congas on Live), Michael Shrieve (drum kit), and Karen Friedman (vocals on Live). For a... Go was a supergroup made up of Stomu Yamashta (percussion and keyboards), Steve Winwood (vocals and keyboards), Al DiMeola (lead guitar), Klaus Schulze (synthesizers), Jerome Rimson (bass guitar), Pat Thrall (guitar on Live), Brother James (congas on Live), Michael Shrieve (drum kit), and Karen Friedman (vocals on Live). For a... Friday Night in San Francisco is an album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía released in 1981 and recorded at the Warfield Theatre in 5 December 1980, in San Francisco. ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ... Passion, Grace and Fire is the second album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía released in 1983. ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... George Dalaras (Greek: Γιώργος Νταλάρας), also possibly spelled as Yorgos or Giorgos Ntalaras is regarded as the best contemporary Greek singer. ... Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Biréli Lagrène is a French guitarist and electric bassist. ... The Rite of Strings is the only album by the virtuosos Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke & Jean-Luc Ponty, after their trip arround the world, in 1995. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ... Grappelli (left) and Jean-Luc Ponty (right). ... The Guitar Trio is the reunion album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía, released in 1996 after 13 years without play together. ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... Paco De Lucia on the cover of El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia (1972). ... Aziza Mustafa Zadeh also known as Princes of Jazz was born in Baku ( December 19, 1969) (currently lives in Germany) is an Azerbaijanian singer, pianist and composer who playes a fusion of jazz and mugam (a traditional improvisational style of Azerbaijan). ... Aziza Mustafa Zadeh also known as Princes of Jazz was born in Baku ( December 19, 1969) (currently lives in Germany) is an Azerbaijanian singer, pianist and composer who playes a fusion of jazz and mugam (a traditional improvisational style of Azerbaijan). ... Manuel Barrueco (pronounced Mah-noo-éhl Bah-roo-éh-koh) is a classical guitarist. ... George Dalaras (Greek: Γιώργος Νταλάρας), also possibly spelled as Yorgos or Giorgos Ntalaras is regarded as the best contemporary Greek singer. ... Black Utopia is the third solo album by keyboardist Derek Sherinian. ... Derek Sherinian is a ‎rock and fusion keyboardist based in Los Angeles, California. ...

Stanley Jordan Stanley Jordan is an American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar. ...

Return to Forever albums featuring Di Meola

Where Have I Known You Before is the fourth album of Return to Forever. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... No Mystery (1975) is the fifth studio album of fusion band Return to Forever. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Romantic Warrior (1976) is the sixth studio album of fusion band Return to Forever. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats, The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2004

The Star-Ledger is the leading newspaper in New Jersey. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Al Di Meola Official Web Site
  • Al Di Meola guitar tabs

  Results from FactBites:
 
Al Di Meola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (743 words)
Al Di Meola (born July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a jazz fusion guitarist.
Di Meola went on to explore a variety of styles, but is most noted for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion works.
Di Meola often closes out shows with an energetic rendition of one of his most challenging (to play, that is) pieces, "Race with Devil on Spanish Highway", from the Elegant Gypsy album.
Al Di Meola :Flesh on Flesh (843 words)
With powerful compositions from Di Meola, Brazilian Egberto Gismonti, Argentinian Astor Piazzola, and Hispanic American jazz legend Chick Corea, Flesh on Flesh offers the energy of Di Meola's fusion outings, the sheer beauty of some of his solo guitar work, and the interesting arrangements and powerful improvisation of his best jazz-influenced work.
The last piece on the album is one that Di Meola is very familiar with, having performed it with its composer, Chick Corea, during his time with Corea's band, Return to Forever.
Di Meola plays the Fender Stratocaster as well as several acoustic guitars and drums along with Jackson on bass and Mario Parmisano on acoustic piano.
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