Al Di Meola ‎– World Sinfonia

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World Sinfonia is an album by jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola that was released in 1991.

“This album is dedicated to my friend Astor Piazzolla whose genius will forever inspire us.” – Al Di Meola.

“Comparing early Al di Meola dates like Land of the Midnight Sun and Casino to his albums of the 1990s, it’s clear how much his playing has softened. The exceptional World Sinfonia, an entirely acoustic CD, makes it clear that what hasn’t changed is his unpredictable, spontaneous nature. Di Meola’s right-hand man throughout this highly introspective date is the soulful bandonean player Dino Saluzzi, with whom he enjoys an undeniably strong rapport. A long-time lover of world music, di Meola incorporates South American, Spanish, and Middle Eastern elements, and makes Argentine tango a very high priority. The improvisor’s reverence for Argentina’s musical heritage is especially evident on Astor Piazzola’s haunting “Tango Suite” and di Meola’s soul-bearing ode to the tango legend, “Last Tango for Astor.” But World Sinfonia’s standout track and most pleasant surprise of all is a 12-minute interpretation of Chick Corea’s 1975 Return to Forever classic “No Mystery,” which works quite well in an acoustic setting.” – Alex Henderson/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Perpetual Emotion ” (Al Di Meola) – 3:30
“Orient Blue” (Di Meola) – 2:57
“Tango Suite Part I” (Ástor Piazzolla) – 8:49
“Tango Suite Part III” (Piazzolla) – 8:50
“Falling Grace” (Steve Swallow) – 4:21
“Last Tango for Astor” (Di Meola) – 6:20
“No Mystery” (Chick Corea) – 12:37
“Lustrine” (Dino Saluzzi) – 9:12
“Little Cathedral” (Di Meola, Augustin Barrios) – 1:45
“La Cathedral” (Barrios) – 4:37

Al Di Meola – guitars, percussion
Chris Carrington – guitars
Dino Saluzzi – bandoneón
Gumbi Oritz – percussion, conga
Arto Tunçboyacıyan – percussion, vocals


Label: Tomato ‎
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1991
Duration: 1:03:20