Al Di Meola records ‘Elegant Gypsy,’ his second album for Columbia (1977)

Al Di Meola’s ‘Elegant Gypsy’ is his second album recorded between May and September 1977 and released the same year by Columbia..

Track Listing : 1.Flight Over Rio (Mingo Lewis)- 07:16 . 2.Midnight Tango (Al Di Meola) – 07:28 . 3.Mediterranean Sundance (Al Di Meola) – 05:14 . 4.Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (Al Di Meola) – 06:18 . 5.Lady Of Rome, Sister Of Brazil (Al Di Meola) – 01:46 . 6.Elegant Gypsy Suite (Al Di Meola) – 09:16

Musicians : Al Dimeola – Guitars, Timbales On (4), Arp String Ensemble, Acoustic Piano, Maracas, Percussion On (6) . Mingo Lewis – Arp Odyssey On (1), Arp Sequencer And Background Synthesizers On (1), Organ On (1), Congas On (1 – 2 – 4 – 6), Percussion On (1) . Jan Hammer – Electric Piano, Mini-Moog Synthesizer On (1 – 6) . Anthony Jackson – Bass Guitar On (1 – 2 – 4 – 6) . Steve Gadd – Drums On (1 – 6) . Lenny White – Drums On (2 – 4) . Barry Miles – Electric And Acoustic Pianos On (2 – 4), Mini-Moog Synthesizer On (4) . Paco De Lucia – Acoustic Guitar On (3)

Production : Produced By Al Di Meola . Al Di Meola

Arrangements : Al Di Meola

Recorded May–September 1977.

Released In 1977 By Columbia.

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audiomancer @ RateYourMusic
Ah, an idea – I’ll start with what I dislike about it. Yes, it’s shameful nitpicking, but there are things to be disliked here. First, Al’s guitar tone. It hasn’t aged all that well, and often sounds unpleasantly metallic. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
The instrumentation, as with many other jazz fusion groups, is nothing short of phenomenally top-notch. The shredding, abrasive guitar slithering through the album’s best track and centerpiece ‘Race With Devil on Spanish Highway’ never misses a beat, never falters for a second. […]

Ultimate Guitar
Overall, I don’t think it is the best thing that Di Meola has made, but it’s a very strong, concentrated album, with which he stepped a bit outside of the jazz fusion world into a more world-music oriented genres. […]

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