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Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin

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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True guitar virtuosos! I saw them twice, including Friday Night in San Francisco, and they were entertaining , musical, and virtuosic (without being overbearingl y serious). In both shows they showed obvious exuberance and affection for one another and their music.
stebnickim8
Hey Anyone hear of Pat Metheny? His sound is so much more sophisticate d than The Trio.
Beautiful... . .
These guys play real good. Serious guitar, dare I say it, gods! Clapton is good, but come on!
넘~ 좋다...
Ad good as this album was and is, check out their first record together " A Friday Night in San Francisco" recorded live.
Have seen them a few times...alwa y s a transcendent a l and surreal experience for those of us lucky enough to be present...
viking1962
I saw these three in Austin in the late 70s and early 80s....WOW!! ! Flawless.
johnk184
I saw a brief video clip of this Guitar Trio years ago and was totally astounded. It took me 10 years to find an educated Record Store clerk to help me identify WHO it was playing and I've loved it ever since.
Truely Magnificent !
An escape to the other World. Thank you...
THANKS, I needed that~!
prestoncz
Beautiful!
I am a jazz guitarist. I enjoy playing standards in Chord melody style. I started really getting into the Brazilian Bossa sound about 2 years ago and I am feeding my bossa soul on this music.
Flamenco meets Classical Guitar. Great combo!
Ole...mis amores!!!
emccurdy12
This is off one of the most amazing guitar albums in recent history. It is also one of the most beautiful pieces ever recorded, in my opinion. Absolutely magnificent!
boricua-mami 7 8
Me Encanta El Flamenco!!!
Krunk. Ha! I think Al would appreciate that one.
arico.gabe
Krunk
kmay63
Very nice - soothing

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