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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Rarely does an album both have this kind of virtuosity and elegance. Maybe that’s just because it’s a very short album. All of those guitar virtuosos, and countless others, list Dimeola as a direct influence in their technique and compositional approach. My first fusion review! Most of the songs are in fast tempos and have plenty of solos.

If you ask me, Dimeola invented the shred. The song all in a latin rhythm with latin percussions kind of Santana-like and finishes in the same way it started. After the astounding opener, the album continues through 4 equally pleasing extended pieces. There is also a distorted guitar or bass riff that really shines.


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. It covers all fusion ground you can think off: There are no vocals on this album, so These three albums are similar in several dimdola.


Simply an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection! Seeing that the first track offered me exactly everything I disliked about Dimeolx Di Meola’s style I almost wanted to turn this CD off in a haste.

He is so incredibly fast and yet it sounds great and not forced. A very proggy, jazz fusion song that has some really weird sounding parts. Race With Devil on Spanish Highway is probably my favorite song on this album. A short transition song. These songs are truly brilliant compositions overall. What you can hear is the excellent combination of electric as well as acoustic guitar work throughout the album.

A groovy bass riff and some bongos quickly give way to an explosion of Latin Jazz. If you are a fan of prog, fusion, or even just the guitar, get this album.

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In a baffling 37 minute short album, Al Di Meola gets more balls rolling then most bands would in an entire career. Don’t really get all the gushing over this album 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.

Eventually a peaceful rhythm takes shape, featuring a noteworthy bass line and fantastic lead work. The most amazing aspect of it all is how classy this is all done. There are many instrumental gtpsy on every track and most of them are quite sophisticated, or at least intelligent.

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Here the band is tight dikeola they can be: Unlike Flight Over Rio this material showed a bigger chunk of this artists’ range that never was tapped into on the Return To Forever-albums. 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.


What’s here is amazing. Not to be forgotten is the percussion–liveliness and originality without detracting from the other elements.

Complex, layered, and runs the gambit of music. If you want to listen to an album that will definitely not let you down, with impressive guitar work and guitar-led compositions, look no further: The campiness contrasts with the musicianship so well that its hard to imagine Di Meola’s performances without them.

The acoustic arrangements are acceptable though. Even in the quieter parts you will feel excited due to the meticulous work of Di Meola. There is also an epic,althrough a bit short, to satisfy fans of long duration songs. The bass- guitar sounds like a keyboard and keyboard sounds are way too eighties for me.

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There is some great keyboard as well! The sound quality which is really great and the incredible musicianship on this album makes this an excellent experience. And he has surrounded himself with some very talented musicians. That’s nothing compared to this!!!

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