Al Di Meola releases ‘Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody’ recorded with World Sinfonia (2011)

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

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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