Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy (1977) [Japanese Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:05 mins | Basic Artwork | 1,14 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Basic Art | 741 MB
Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the “Elegant Gypsy Suite”), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. He was still a member of Return to Forever at the time and was a stronger guitarist than composer, but di Meola did put a lot of thought into this music. The brief “Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil” (an acoustic guitar solo) and “Mediterranean Sundance” (an acoustic duet with fellow guitarist Paco de Lucía) hints at di Meola’s future directions. A near classic in the fusion vein.
01. Flight Over Rio
02. Midnight Tango
03. Mediterranean Sundance
04. Race With Devil On Spanish Highway
05. Lady of Rome, Sister Of Brazil
06. Elegant Gypsy Suite
Al Di Meola: Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizer, percussion.
Paco de Lucía: Acoustic guitar (track 3).
Anthony Jackson: Bass guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6).
Jan Hammer: Keyboards, synthesizer (tracks 1, 6).
Barry Miles: Piano, keyboards, synthesizer (tracks 2, 4).
Steve Gadd: Drums (tracks 1, 6).
Lenny White: Drums (tracks 2, 4).
Mingo Lewis: Congas, synthesizers, organ, percussion (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6).
Produced by Al Di Meola.