Al Di Meola ‎– Orange And Blue

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Orange and Blue is an album by jazz guitarist Al Di Meola that was released in 1994.

“Al di Meola’s passion for the acoustic guitar has not diminished his love of electric music. Upon collaboration with Gibson, the Al di Meola Jazz Guitar was issued. In stark contrast to his customary Les Paul, this guitar is a large hollow-body similar to an L-5. The jazz guitar allows di Meola to achieve a warmer tone; however, he seemed to be going through a Pat Metheny stage at the time of this recording. The upside is that di Meola’s solos combine his remarkable control with a newfound sense of swing, the downside being that he seems to have lost some of his identity. “Chilean Pipe Song” stands as one of di Meola’s most memorable compositions. The supporting cast of Mario Parmisano and Peter Erskine greatly enhance the music, as each is a distinguishable and tasteful musician. Erskine particularly shines on “Summer Country Song.” The one burner here is “Casmir,” a fast-paced tune reminiscent of the Elegant Gypsy days. “On My Own” features di Meola’s debut on piano. It is by no means anything spectacular, but it does reaffirm his continued exploration and growth. The strong playing and quality of the compositions make this recommended despite the Metheny flavorings.” – Robert Taylor/AllMusic,

(All songs by Al Di Meola unless otherwise noted)

01 “Paradisio” – 7:19
02 “Chilean Pipe Song” – 4:52
03 “Ta’alina Chant” (Di Meola, Noa) – 1:56
04 “Orange and Blue” – 7:31
05 “This Way Before” – 4:39
06 “Summer Country Song” – 5:29
07 “If We Meet Again, Part I” – 1:29
08 “If We Meet Again, Part II” (Di Meola, Parmisano) – 5:03
09 “Cyprus” (Di Meola, George Dalaras, Polykarpos Kyriacou) – 3:51
10 “Theme of the Mothership” (Chick Corea, Di Meola) – 5:25
11 “Precious Little You” – 4:24
12 “Casmir” – 4:07
13 “On My Own” – 3:20


Al Di Meola – guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion
Mike Pinella – trumpet
Conrad Herwig – trombone
Andrés Boiarsky – saxophone
Simon Shaneen – violin
Mario Parmisano – keyboards
Marc Johnson – double bass
Pino Palladino – bass guitar
Peter Erskine – drums
Steve Gadd – drums
Manu Katché – drums
Gumbi Ortiz – congas, bongo
George Dalaras – vocals
Noa – vocals
Hernan Romero – vocals, guitar, synthesizers, charango, percussion


Label: Verve Records ‎– 523 724-2, Tomato ‎– 523 724-2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 1994
Recording location: Churchill Recording, NJ
Hit Factory, NY
Manhattan Center Studios, NY
Power Station, NY
Duration: 59:25
ProducerL Al Di Meola