Al Di Meola - 1990 - Al Di Meola Plays PiazzollaGenre: Jazz Rock/FusionCountry : United StatesWeb: http://www.aldimeola.com/ AL DI MEOLA biography (Progarchives):Intense, that’s the best word to describe the character ofthe music that took hold at the outset of the 70’s. Powered by stacks ofamplifiers, propelled by rock backbeats, fueled with unbridled passion, andfull of the spirit of jazz improvisation, this so-called fusion music coalescedinto a full blown movement with the arrival of John McLaughlin’s MahavishnuOrchestra, Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever.We can feel the intensity in Di Meola’s playing in his debut with Return oForever, 1974’s «Where Have I Known You Before», or their 1975 follow-up, theGrammy-winning «No Mystery». That power-house formula of dizzying speed,demanding unison lines, and rock intensity continues on the group’s 1976Columbia debut, «Romantic Warrior» and carries over to Di Meola’s debut as a leader,«Land of the Midnight Sun», released the same year on Columbia. His signaturesound, the ringing sustain of a Les Paul played through a Marshall stack is anintegral part of al those projects. Guitar Player magazine named Di Meola «bestnew talent» for 1975 on the strength of his playing on «No Mystery». It awardedhim «Best Jazz guitarist» for 1977 and also named his «Elegant Gypsy» «BestGuitar Lp» for that year. Al went on to dominate the Best Jazz Guitarist»category, winning five consecutive years through 1981, while also earning «BestGuitar Lp» awards in 1978 for «Casino» and in 1980 for «Splendido Hotel». Withthose impressive credits, Al was instantly inducted into Guitar Player’sGallery of the Greats, becoming the youngest player in the magazine’s historyever accorded that honor. At the outset of the 80’s, Di Meola put his Les Paul onthe shelf and turned to the acoustic guitar, touring and recorded with asuperstar trio including McLaughlin and Spain’s flamenco master, Paco de Lucia.He returned to his old electrified ways briefly with 1982’s «ElectricRendez-vous» and its follow-up, «Tour De Force Live». In 1983, the same year herecorded the bravado studio album «Passion, Grace & Fire» with the acoustictrio, De Meola had a brief reunion tour with his old RTF mates, Corea, drummerLenny White, and bassist Stanley Clarke. Though the tour proved that theintensity was still very much alive, no record was released of this powerhousefusion unit, together again for the first time since the 1976 breakup… Track listing 1. Oblivión (6:01)2. Café 1930 (6:13)3. Tango Suite, Pt. 1 (8:49)4. Tango Suite, Pt. 3 (8:50)5. Verano Reflections (Piazolla/Meola) (4:10)6. Night Club 1960 (5:44)7. Tango II (5:33)8. Bordel 1900 (4:30)9. Milonga del Angel (3:44)10. Last Tango for Astor (Al Di Meola) (6:20) Line-up - Al Di Meola / Guitars, percussion, pandean pipe,arrangements, vocals.- Chris Carrington / Guitars.- Hernan Romero / Piano, keyboards, charango, vocals.- Arto Tuncboyaciyan / Percussion, vocals.- Gumbi Oritz / Percussion, conga.- Dino Saluzzi / Bandoneon.- Vince Mendoza / String Arrangements. Releases information Released November 1st through AtlanticReissue by Blue Moon in 1996All songs by Astor Piazzolla, except where noted.