Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. Having a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he continues to be one of the most influential guitarists in the jazz fusion category. Albums such as Friday Night in San Francisco have often been cited as some of the most influential live albums ever recorded. Numerous have earned their place as legendary recordings for the practicing guitarist.

Di Meola grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey, and attended Bergenfield High School.[1] He is now a resident of Bergen County, New Jersey

Discography

Solo works

  • Land of the Midnight Sun (1976)
  • Elegant Gypsy (1977)
  • Casino (1978)
  • Splendido Hotel (1980)
  • Electric Rendezvous (1982)
  • Tour De Force – Live (1982)
  • The Guitarist (Germany) (1982)
  • Scenario (1983)
  • Cielo e Terra (1985)
  • Soaring Through a Dream (1985)
  • Tirami Su (1987)
  • Kiss My Axe (1991)
  • World Sinfonia (1991)
  • The Best of Al Di Meola – The Manhattan Years (1992)
  • World Sinfonia II – Heart of the Immigrants (1993)
  • Orange and Blue (1994)
  • Acoustic Anthology (1995)
  • Di Meola Plays Piazzolla (1996)
  • The Infinite Desire (1998)
  • Christmas: Winter Nights (1999)
  • World Sinfonía III – The Grande Passion (2000)
  • Anthology (2000)
  • Flesh on Flesh (2002)
  • Al Di Meola Revisited (2003)
  • Vocal Rendezvous (2006)
  • Consequence of Chaos (2006)
  • Diabolic Inventions And Seduction For Solo Guitar (2006)
  • Live In London 1991: World Sinfonia (2007)
  • La Melodia Live in Milano: World Sinfonia (2008)
  • Live In Seattle & Elsewhere : World Sinfonia (2009)

Collaborations

  • Venusian Summer (1975) Lenny White, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell
  • Go (1976) with Go Stomu Yamash’ta,Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola
  • Go Live From Paris (1976) with Go Stomu Yamash’ta,Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola
  • Go Too (1977) with Go
  • Friday Night in San Francisco (1980) with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía
  • Passion, Grace and Fire (1983) with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía
  • Latin (1987) with George Dalaras
  • Super Guitar Trio And Friends (1990) with Larry Coryell and Biréli Lagrène
  • Rite Of Strings (1995) with Stanley Clarke and Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Dance of Fire (1995) – Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
  • The Guitar Trio (1996) with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía
  • Winter Nights (1999) – Roman Hrynkiv
  • Inspiration – Colors & Reflections (2000) Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
  • Nylon & Steel (2001) Manuel Barrueco
  • The Running Roads (2001) with George Dalaras
  • Black Utopia (2003) with Derek Sherinian
  • Cosmopolitan Life (2005) with Leonid Agutin
  • Midsummer Night In Sardinia (2005) with Andrea Parodi
  • Mária (Égi szerelem) (2007) with Miklos Malek and Eszter Horgas
  • The NYC Session: Beautiful Love (2007) with Eddie Gomez, Billy Drummond and Yutaka Kobayashi

As Producer

  • Magic Touch (1985) Stanley Jordan

Return to Forever albums featuring Al Di Meola

  • Where Have I Known You Before (1974, Polydor)
  • No Mystery (1975, Polydor)
  • Romantic Warrior (1976, Columbia)
  • Returns (2009, Eagle (Fontana))


Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy (1977)

Track
1. “Flight Over Rio” (Mingo Lewis)
2. “Midnight Tango”
3. “Mediterranean Sundance”
4. “Race With Devil on Spanish Highway”
5. “Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil”
6. “Elegant Gypsy Suite”

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