February 18, 1995 |
Guitarist Al Di Meola doesn't like to be pigeonholed. Known early in his career for the burning electric riffs he fired up for Chick Corea's Return to Forever band, the Jersey City native has found, to his frustration, that many of his fans, as well as record companies, expect the same kind of play from him year after year. Di Meola, who plays tonight at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre, has always resisted that kind of categorization.
October 15, 1999 |
When you're as good a guitarist as Al Di Meola, it's hard to avoid using fast fingers as a musical weapon. And Di Meola has sometimes been guilty of precisely that, relying heavily upon his astonishing virtuosity rather than the richness of his musical imagination. But in his late set at Catalina Bar & Grill Tuesday, in the opening of a six-night run, Di Meola managed to use virtually all of his creative skills.
November 12, 2000 |
List the names of Joe Pass, George Benson, Al Di Meola and Pat Metheny and you've got a pretty good representation of the jazz guitar styles of the post-bebop era. Pass' playing, of course, has deep roots in acoustically oriented straight-ahead jazz; Benson added blues and soul; Di Meola opened windows to fusion and world music; and Metheny has roved freely through all of the above--and then some.
November 6, 1987 |
At 33, guitarist Al DiMeola, the man who built his reputation with one finger-flying solo after another in Return to Forever and his own band, is slowing down. "Endless blistering fast lines do not impress me anymore," DiMeola said recently. His three Manhattan Records LPs--"Cielo e Terra," "Soaring Through a Dream" and the just-released "Tirami Su"--back up his statement: each has a degree of quietude and lyricism not previously found in DiMeola's live or recorded performances.
May 6, 1992 |
Al Di Meola's quest for the right band finally seems to have hit pay dirt. His current ensemble, which performed at the Strand in Redondo Beach on Sunday night, is a state-of-the-art collection of contemporary musicians who enhance his playing and challenge him to stretch his abilities, both as a guitarist and a composer. The net result was an exciting evening of music. Di Meola's improvising was so explosive that it sometimes seemed on the verge of bursting past the strings of his instrument.
August 16, 1990 |
Fourteen years after the breakup of Return to Forever, guitarist Al DiMeola still misses being a member of the seminal electric jazz band led by Chick Corea. DiMeola, in fact, still harbors hopes of a reunion with former band mates Corea, the piano and keyboard player, drummer Lenny White and bassist Stanley Clarke. "It was the most ridiculous thing for Chick to ever break up the group," said DiMeola, who plays the Bacchanal at 8:30 Monday.