Al Di Meola’s ‘Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody’

Al Di Meola’s ‘Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody’ is an album recorded with World Sinfonia and released on March 15, 2011 by Concord.

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Track Listing : 1.Siberiana (Al Di Meola) – 08:30 . 2.Paramour’S Lullaby (Al Di Meola) – 07:47 . 3.Mawazine, Pt. 1 (Al Di Meola) – 02:09 . 4.Michelangelo’S 7Th Child (Al Di Meola) – 07:33 . 5.Gumbiero (Al Di Meola) – 06:19 . 6.Brave New World (Al Di Meola) – 01:54 . 7.Full Frontal Contrapuntal (Al Di Meola) – 04:53 . 8.That Way Before (Al Di Meola) – 03:06 . 9.Fireflies (Al Di Meola) – 04:02 . 10.Destination Gonzalo (Al Di Meola) – 05:17 . 11.Bona (Al Di Meola) – 06:02 . 12.Radical Rhapsody (Al Di Meola) – 05:03 . 13.Strawberry Fields (John Lennon / Paul Mccartney) – 04:11 . 14.Mawazine, Pt. 2 (Al Di Meola) – 02:55 . 15.Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen) – 03:06

Musicians : World Sinfonia – Band . Al Di Meola – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion . Fausto Beccalossi – Accordion . Péter Kaszás – Drums, Percussion . Victor Miranda – Acoustic Upright Baby Bass . Gumbi Ortiz – Percussion . Kevin Seddiki – Second Guitar . Mino Cinelu – Percussion On (3 – 4 – 13 – 14) . Peter Erskine – Drums On (4 – 10 – 12) . Charlie Haden – Acoustic Bass On (13 – 15) . Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Piano On (5 – 10 – 12 – 13) . Barry Miles – Additional Keyboards, String Arrangements . Gyula Benkö – Viola On (4 – 11 – 15) . Gábor Csonka – Violin On (4 – 11 – 15) . Gergely Kuklis – Violin On (4) . András Sturcz – Cello On (4 – 11 – 15) . Viktor Uhrin – Violin On (4 – 11 – 15)

Production : Produced By Al Di Meola . Róbert Balázs – Engineer . Paul Blakemore – Mastering . Martin Cooke – Assistant Engineer . Frank Filipetti – Engineer . Roy Henderson – Engineer . Rick Kwan – Assistant Engineer . Katsuhiko Naito – Engineer, Mixing . Dave Poler – Assistant Engineer . Spyros Poulos – Engineer . Viktor Scheer – Assistant Engineer . Viktor Szabó – Assistant Engineer . Csaba Tóth – Engineer

Package : Claus Altvater – Photography . Francesco Cabras – Photography . Michael Page – Art Direction . Csaba Tóth – Photography

Recorded 2010.

Released On March 15, 2011 By Concord.

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All About Jazz
There is something majestic about this record, a masterpiece of careful craftsmanship. Rather than being an intimate record, however, it’s more opera house than jazz bar. It’s experimental in its instrumentation and fusion of styles; a standard record from a guitar great. […]

Blogcritics
Overall, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody seems a perfect soundtrack to a sunny open-top drive down a Caribbean highway, or even an accompaniment to a Cirque du Soleil performance. However, as albums go, the tracks continually tease and drag on dancing around ideas, but rarely come together to grab onto a greater substance. […]

allmusic
Granted, Di Meola is by no means a jazz purist or a straight-ahead bebopper; he never claimed to be Barney Kessel or Tal Farlow, but his mentality is very much an improviser’s mentalityand that mentality serves him consistently well on Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody. […]

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