Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Elegant Gypsy – Al Di Meola on AllMusic – – Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a. Elegant Gypsy is a music studio album recording by AL DI MEOLA (Jazz Rock/ Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. Al DiMeola’s second album Elegant Gypsy () proved to become one of the defining albums in Fusion.

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After that is over, the song takes yet another shift with similar riffs and themes but in different rhythms and continues dimepla shift back and forth with noticeable differences and more guitar soloing until it ends with a fadeout.

Mediterranean Sundance is probably one of the best songs ever written for acoustic guitar, Di Meola and De Lucia are in perfect harmony and pretty well take their turns melting the fretboard with their ekegant charged fusion shred. The music is often highly complex yet somehow very melodic and accessible.

AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy reviews

On this track, we approach the perfection of the debut album’s title track. What a great line-up.

The closer is the title track and also the best track of the album. The guitar picking gets frenetic later and there is a soaring lead break that spins wildly out of control, and leaves me breathless. Di Meola comes across as a showman, happy to dazzle the listener with energetic displays of proficiency, such as in the all-acoustic “Mediterranean Sundance”.

But regardless of expectations, this album isn’t bad. It’s not that I was tired of fusion, I must just have completely forgotten about it. Al doesn’t indulge too much in solos and fast legatos as he usually does during live performances. Simply an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection!

The composition is strong, the instrumentation is good, but it’s style is so polished and non-authentic. A groovy bass riff and some bongos quickly give way to an explosion of Latin Jazz.

Flight Over Rio opens the album with some intuitive bass riffing from Anthony Jackson and some very smooth keyboards from Jan Hammer. It is his finest work, and it is probably the greatest solo album by a guitarist ever made.

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I guess that there is not point in arguing whether Al Di Meola is a great guitarist or not since it all comes down to personal taste. In any way, these “problems” do not actually interfere in the album’s overall quality.

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The Fender piano reminds to Soft Machine, too. I was in heaven during the last minute or drum madness! The album ends with the song Elegant Gypsy Suite, which begins with some acoustic work from Paco de Lucia before becoming a nicely flowing piece, with a great bassline from Anthony Jackson and some great underlying percussion from Mingo Lewis.

Al seamlessly fuses jazz, latin music, and guitar-based rock into one of the three best fusion albums of all time the other two being Mahavishnu’s Birds of Fire and Bruford’s One of a Kind.

The guitar work is astounding and is relentless in ghpsy styles, from speed picking to soaring string bends, the man is a master. We have to wait for the samba section that’s a very good example of easy jazz to find some guitaristic virtuosities, but they are part of the song, nothing self-indulgent. Flight Over Rio kicks off with a meditative eastern flavour before turning into a surging jazz rock attack that any fan off the genre will instantly devour.

The acoustic piece Mediterranean Sundance were Paco De Lucia guests is also outstanding and very beautiful. It has all the elements of the previous track: The symphonic strings are a serene nuance that resonates with my senses, and it gets quite wild at the end with African congas and bongos in a short burst of inspiration.

A problem with your typical guitarist album is that the music is mediocre; it’s only selling point is awesome solos. It’s evident since the first song: The guitar is absolutely phenomenal here and the keyboard behind that guitar jazzy gives what the song needs to sound with perfection.

There are no vocals on this album, so A mesmerizing duet between Meola and Paco De Lucia, this tune is very repetitive and wears thin over time with repeated listens, but you can’t deny that awesome melody and astounding playing.


In many places the music is near best RTF examples, just more guitar oriented. The album closes on another gypsj ‘Elegant Gypsy Suite’ clocking 9 minutes. The whole song is highlighted by stately and captivating bass tones, with a great guitar harmony to close things out. Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil. After the astounding opener, the album continues through 4 equally pleasing extended pieces.

De Lucia and DiMeola lay down impossibly complex riffs using God knows how many effects, and Jan Hammer’s solo is one of his finest performances. Yes, it is true The crystal clear guitar tones echo in the eardrums and provides a relaxing experience, but one will be astonished at the extraordinary dexterity of the guitarists especially towards the end when the pace quickens.

And they are all completely instrumental albums. This is another song with latin touches in its percussion and rhythm. Elegatn is surely the best Di Meola’s “electric” work and one of the most beautiful jazz-rock album of the ’70s. Many people will inevitably think that this music is too technical and is only a way for the musicians to show off. In the end, Elegant Gypsy is right up there with Bill Bruford’s One of a Kind as one of my favorite records in the jazz rock genre.

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Support players give standup performances as well– especially Jan Hammer’s keyboards. With wind-instruments and a non-rock rhythm- section. First you’d struggle to find a better collection musicians,Di Meola absolutely shreds – tastefully of course, the drums are first rate, particularly the percussion and the keys take turns shredding with the guitar, a very skilled bunch of musicians.