INAK 9080 CD Diabolic Inventions And Seduction For Solo Guitar
Produced by Al Di Meola
Released on 2007
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T here’s something about the beginning of an Al Di Meola disc that always takes my breath away. The brainbox knows he’s a brilliant guitarist who’s full of surprises and yet somehow, unexpectedly, miraculously, I’m surprised by his genius and agility anew. That’s how I feel every time I hear the opening “Campero” from his latest, Diabolic Inventions and Seduction for Solo Guitar. Di Meola is here taking eight Astor Piazzolla tracks and interpreting them in his own idiom. Apparently. What I know about Astor Piazzolla would fit on the head of a very small pin. Piazolla is a modern tango composer from Argentina, which I can find on the map, and that’s about it. So if you want a deeper discussion, look for one of those wanky writers who talk about “tone” like it’s a secret code word for something other than “sound.” Tango, seduction and diabolic detours have long been a part of Di Meola’s landscape, so fans shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves at the foot of Mount Piazzolla, gazing in awe. Yet Diabolic Inventions is a different artistic statement than earlier albums, a self-portrait of the artist as both passionate student and patient teacher. Clothed in contrarian rhythms, drunk with energy, Piazzolla’s work reels from seductive to unstable. Fascinating stuff, though in fairness to my jaded intellect I begin to fence each subsequent song in as just another tango, the initial wonder at the delicious subversion of it all yielding to mild seduction. That’s not to suggest this is a romantic album; anyone attempting to make love to it is likely to sprain something. It’s more about being seduced by the musical possibilities of the tango, which has long been at the heart of Di Meola’s muse.

TRACK LISTING

  1. CAMPERO    4:49
  2. POEMA VALSEADO    4:27
  3. TANGATA DEL ALBA    5:17
  4. ADIOS NONINO    4:52
  5. TEMA DE MARIA    5:59
  6. MILONGA DEL ANGEL    4:58
  7. ROMANTICO    4:35
  8. MILONGA CARRIEGUERA    (Horacia Ferre/Astor Piazolla)    3:06

    All songs written by Astor Piazzolla unless noted. All arrangements by Al Di Meola.

CREDITS

AL DI MEOLA -- solo guitar, cahon, hands, djembe skins
Hernan Romero -- cahon, hands, djembe skins, assistant producer
Rich Tozzoli -- engineer
Lester Lovell -- engineer
Katsuhiko Naito -- engineer, mixing
Bernhard Roessle -- producer
Layla Di Meola -- cover and artwork design
Francesco Cabras -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 2007 Inakustik CD INAK 9080 CD  

 

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