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Al Di Meola / John McLaughlin / Paco De Lucia

Guitarist Al di Meola first rose to prominence as a blazing jazz fusion player before his playing matured and he began to conquer other styles, such as acoustic Latin music. Born on July 22, 1954, in Jersey City, NJ, di Meola briefly studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston during the early '70s before accepting a job replacing guitarist Bill Connors in fusion trailblazers Return to Forever (a group that included such monster instrumentalists as keyboardist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke) in 1974. It was with di Meola that Return to Forever enjoyed their greatest commercial success, as such releases as 1974's Where Have I Known Before, 1975's No Mystery, and 1976's Romantic Warrior cracked the U.S. Top 40 before di Meola jumped ship to launch a solo career.

What followed remains some of the finest jazz fusion guitar-based recordings ever: 1976's Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977's Elegant Gypsy (which would eventually earn gold certification in the U.S.), and Casino, plus 1979's Splendido Hotel. Di Meola then united with fellow guitar greats John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía for 1980's Friday Night in San Francisco. Throughout the '80s and '90s, di Meola racked up numerous accolades (including earning yearly top honors in Guitar Player magazine polls), kept on issuing solo releases on a regular basis, and played with others, including releases by Stomu Yamash'ta, Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, and David Matthews, as well as further work with such former bandmates as Corea, Clarke, de Lucía, and McLaughlin.

During the '90s, di Meola turned his back almost entirely on fusion to concentrate more on acoustic-based world music, as evidenced by such releases as World Sinfonia, Di Meola Plays Piazzolla, and Heart of the Immigrants, among others. Since that time, di Meola has continued this eclectic approach with releases like 2003's Revisited, 2006's Consequence of Chaos, 2007's Diabolic Inventions and Seduction for Solo Guitar, Vol. 1: Music of Astor Piazzolla, and 2008's live album He and Carmen with flutist Eszter Horgas. In 2011, di Meola delivered the Latin and world music-infused studio album Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody, featuring bassist Charlie Haden and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I was at this concert, as well as another performance several years later when Steve Morse opened(!) Talk about a guitar-testo s t e r o n e rush! I've been a longtime fan of John, Al and Paco. I was lucky enough to see Paco twice (with John and Al), and I've seen John and Al 7 or 8 times each. These guys are world-class virtuosos!
amazing!
Simply the best .
Great guitar album, RIP to Paco de Lucia he passed in Feb 2014.
Best Guitar!! These guys are so good together!!
I saw this amazing trio live, it was an experience of a lifetime! For those critics who said De Lucia is going to far away from Flamenco and too much into Jazz. His answer was: I'm looking into what to bring into the Flamenco and not away from it. Great musical balance!
cbcavnar
Have listened to and played this album for others for years. Especially aspiring young guitarists. THIS IS GUITAR PLAYING!
No one else comes close in technical agility, musicality, collaboratio n , or sheer excitement. This has to be the greatest guitar performance of all time. Even their second tour and recording doesn't compare.
IT AIN'T BRAGGIN' IF ITS TRUE!
eatraum
I saw Al Di Meola play at Cal Sate, Chico while I was studying business and economics there in the late 80's. I just couldn't believe a guitar could be played like that. I put down my guitar and learned how to become a better listener. So much more pleasure in that.
Lifelong fan of this trio. I actually won tickets on the radio to see the show at the Hollywood Bowl in 80' or 81'. Unfortunatel y , I gave them to friends due to a prior commitment.. . . . . . a t least they brought back a T-shirt for me! I still get goosebumps listening to this album after listening to it hundreds of times.
lewwillard9
Never knew that he was a hometown boy.
grins1
Really, Jesse Cook is under the similar artists for Friday Night in San Francisco? I guess any Latin or Gypsy type of music can be considered similar...
These guys put on one hell of a show! the difrent styles blended so well! Also when they are w/their main groups they are most excellent. Enjoy!

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