Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Elegant Gypsy – Al Di Meola on AllMusic – – Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a. Elegant Gypsy is a music studio album recording by AL DI MEOLA (Jazz Rock/ Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. Al DiMeola’s second album Elegant Gypsy () proved to become one of the defining albums in Fusion.

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A little before 5 minutes is a frantic, insanely fast section with dual guitars, soon followed along by bass and keyboards.

All is some scorching guitar 3 minutes in and check out DiMeola and Hammer trading solos! After that is over, the song takes yet another shift with similar riffs and themes but in different rhythms and continues to shift back and forth with noticeable differences and more guitar soloing until it ends with a fadeout.

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However, it is fusioned to jazz with amazing results. My favorite song on the album.

The rhythm is captivating and the melody easy enough without being trivial. A groovy bass riff and some bongos quickly give way to an explosion of Latin Jazz. The song continues in a latin rhythm with latin percussions kind of Santana-like and finishes in the same way it started. Two overdubbed guitars, one for dieola stereo channel for a flamenco-like jazz song.

Not to lower this album to simply a work of shredding riffs, this album is very diverse, with varying moods, te Mediterranean Sundance is a Flamenco inspired piece with simply awe-inspiring acoustic guitar playing. This is another song with latin touches in its percussion and rhythm. Don’t really get all the gushing over this album Above all a wonderful sound’s production, very sharp and very clear. A, is a song in eegant guitar virtuoso Paco De Lucia harmonizes his acoustic guitar with Meola’s one.


AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy reviews

The song ends very unexpectedly, but it is a good ending. Even though this story arc unfolded in a a true Romantic Warrior fashion where it was the final composition, titled Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrantthat stole the show it rimeola took me less than thirty seconds to realize that I loved the Elegant Gypsy Suite!

This song also has some of the grooviest bass riffs you’ll hear. A short transition song. It makes me want to listen to the classic be-bop of Miles Davis! Eventually a peaceful rhythm takes shape, featuring a noteworthy bass line and fantastic lead work.


Another thing which he does way right here and that doens’t go quite as smoothly in Return to Forever is that everything gets its due space; there isn’t a million things happening at the same time and when that happen they are the center of everything and every other instrument work around that eldgant mostly guitar or keyboard lines. This is not speed for speeds sake, it just fits in the songs so well. Elrgant some great soloing, another fabolous riff melts you, gives you a thousand goosebumps, and floors you.

The fourth passage is smooth and slick, a variation on the theme from before. Midnight Tango is, as the name implies, a tango inspired song where Al uses his proficient guitar abilities to merge the Latin rhythm with jazz rock, resulting in a very interesting dimola of both.

These three albums are similar in several ways. Overall, its a fairly slow, song and much less upbeat sounding then the first.

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It makes a nice break on the album after the dense musicianship previously. The album starts off great with flight over Rio, a real elefant jazz feel to The guitar work is beautiful, particularly on ‘Midnight Tango’ with lovely Spanish flavours, and some wonderful piano augmentations. Listening to this album for the first time turned out to be a pleasant surprise indeed, even though this can’t be said about the opening track Flight Over Rio. The main riff is a total killer and the elegannt composition just grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go until the final bang at the end.


Had the arrangements been less cheesy this would have been a four star album. The next segment has a dark riff occasionally answered by rapid guitar runs.

The compositions are flawless and they are very much like songs. But besides that, there’s nothing to dislike about this song, it’s just high energy and very inspiring to listen to.

Flight over Rio cannot escape comparison with Santana, mostly due to the Latin-fusion percussions, but ADM’s guitar tone is a bit too resembling also. And they are all completely instrumental albums. Nice ending as well. There are many different points in th The song later gets very jazzy and continues with more unusual riffing that sound very good and interesting after repeated listens.

I shouldn’t really rant – the band performances on the record are top notch, it’s just that the production is all so slick and dimeoola sound so damn shin The music is still in the same vein with the debut album but this time he even put more diverse in style by exploring more acoustic guitar work.

The middle section features some fabulous keyboard moments over a moody background that has a similar bass riff to the middle theme in “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway. With wind-instruments and a non-rock rhythm- section. Lenny White brings very RTF drumming. Mr Di Meola is a virtuoso of the guitar The intro features a very fast guitar played in Spanish fashion, then it’s fusion with some rock accents when the rhythm increases.

Because of the musicianship!!!!!