Wikipedia : This day (July 22, 1954), in Jersey City, New Jersey, is born Al Di Meola, an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist,
Al Di Meola : A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner and virtuoso of the highest order, Di Meola has also been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with over 20 recordings as a leader.
@allmusic : What followed remains some of the finest jazz fusion guitar-based recordings ever: 1976’s Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977’s Elegant Gypsy (which would eventually earn gold certification in the U.S.), and Casino, plus 1979’s Splendido Hotel.
@last.fm : He has been continually sited by many of the top prominent Music critics around the world for his virtuosic guitar work and compositions. Al’s intrigue with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies always incorporating, sophisticated harmony at the root of these serious but heart felt works is central and foremost.