*1954/07/22, jersey city, nj, usa
al dimeola sat in with fz's band at a concert at the ritz in nyc, 11/17/81, on "clowns on velvet" and a cover of the christopher cross hit "ride like the wind." fz wanted to release this performance of "clowns" officially, but dimeola refused because he didn't think his solo was good enough. i think it was fantastic. it was never released officially, but it appears on a number of bootlegs.
from: foggy g (email@example.com)
al used frank's amp. frank's
comments on this before zoot allures, apologizing to al for having to take his
amp back so that he (frank) can now play guitar.
as far as i can tell, frank does nothing but stand there during clownz
from: john henley [firstname.lastname@example.org]
i believe that within the past few years, guitar player magazine conducted a
poll to make a list of memorable concerts, and this particular show at the ritz
was named "best concert ever by anyone."
pretty high praise, eh?
al is very much alive and picking. his official site is at: http://www.aldimeola.com/
al dimeola has had a dual career as a blazing fusion electric guitarist and as an acoustic player eager to explore music from other cultures. dimeola burst upon the scene by replacing bill connors with return to forever in 1974 before he turned 20. he had been attending berklee but essentially started out on top, immediately becoming an influential fusion guitarist. criticized for playing an excess of notes and not showing enough feeling in his playing (faults he has since overcome), dimeola has matured through the years. after return to forever broke up, he went on several tours with john mclaughlin and paco delucia in an acoustic guitar trio. (1980-83). since that time dimeola has led his own groups, alternating between electric and acoustic guitars and changing musical direction a few times. dimeola, who toured with the rite of strings in 1995 (a trio with jean luc ponty and stanley clarke), has recorded sets as a leader since 1976 including dates for columbia, manhattan and tomato. -- scott yanow.
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