Al DiMeola

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I was lucky enough to see RTF back in the late seventies. I went to check out Stanley Clarke, and left with the whole band making me feel like what’s the use? While the technicality was so beyond my comprehension, I was just blown away by the shear magnitude of the band.

I also left with the impression that Al was the diamond in that treasure chest. I have all his albums from the early eighties, and I have had the opportunity to see him live as the ADM band. The most notable was around ‘95 or 6 at a very small venue in Palo Alto CA. His music is mesmerizing. I usually don’t have a thought in my mind but just watch and listen in awe of his ability.



edit: I also cracked up after reading a comment to one of his videos “Al is who Santana would be if he practiced more” 😂
 
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ChicknPickn

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Love one of his 80s releases, Kiss My Axe. I remember Skunk Baxter stating at the time, that there are 3 types of people who play guitar. Guitar enthusiasts, guitar players & guitarists. Al is one of the best of the latter.
Heard him live in the "Return to Forever" days when I was about 16 and thought Black Sabbath ruled. I knew there was something I was supposed to like about Al, but, secretly, it wasn't happening.

I need to try again.

UPDATE: Refreshed my memory. Hey, we can't like everything.
 
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I have not listened to a ton of his stuff, but the "Tour De Force" live album is just breathtaking from start to finish. Absolutely amazing. It was regularly on my turntable for years.
 

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I can't argue with his chops, but I don't find his music particularly inspiring. Somewhat derivative, lots of noodling in phrygian mode.
Pat Metheney is a counter-example of someone who is truly original and has a lot of interesting, creative ideas that go in many directions. Not that I'm a huge Pat Metheney fan, personally, but just making the point. Lots of virtuoso players out there, but many of them don't have a lot of original things to say when it comes to writing music.
 




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