Consequence of Chaosby Al di Meola
The sticker on the disc's cover states that this is "a return to his solid-body electric guitar," and while that may be true in parts, Consequence of Chaos is still pretty far from the tense, nonstop electric sizzle of di Meola's first three albums, which are landmarks in the jazz fusion genre. And while there is plenty of electric guitar here -- and a musical reconnection with Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, and Barry Miles, all of whom have previously worked with di Meola -- this is still dominated by the world music and more subtle framework that have characterized the guitarist's playing for the last few decades. The performances are uniformly excellent, and even though the approach shifts from prog to acoustic to electric and world, di Meola's distinctive style and classy approach congeal the music with authority. "Tao" alone takes more turns than a craggy mountain road, but never gets predictable or pretentious. Di Meola knows when to hold back and when to unleash his precise, percussive, fret-shredding Latin lines, and it's that sense of restraint that makes this disc, and much of his recent work, so successful. These instrumental pieces lay down a groove upon which di Meola solos with different combinations of musicians. Melodies are difficult to pinpoint, but the sublime playing keeps the listener's interest despite a tendency to wander. Four brief, low-key interludes feature an unaccompanied di Meola playing all the instruments, and provide a more relaxed counterpoint to the busier band tracks. Percussionists Ernie Adams and Gumbi Ortiz's standout work, especially on the subtle "Hypnose," add hot, bubbling flavor to the project. Chick Corea only appears on two tracks, but both are highlights. The lovely acoustic duet on "Cry for You" brings out the best in both musicians as their interplay reaches new heights. Di Meola calls the nine-minute "Tempest" his most complex piece -- which is saying a lot -- as it twists through different moods and tones utilizing varying rhythms in an impressive display of the guitarist's dazzling skills. It's a summation of this album that shows di Meola, after 30 years as a solo artist, to be on the top of his game.
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Performance Creditsdi Meola Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dumbek,Percussion,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Marimbas,Floor Tom
John Patitucci Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Barry Miles Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas
Ernie Adams Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums
Armando Anthony Corea Piano
Steve Gadd Drums
Gumbi Ortiz Percussion,Conga
Mario Parmisano Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Kornel Horvath Drums,Shaker,Gato
Victor Miranda Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Technical CreditsMichael Bishop Authoring
di Meola Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer,Music Direction
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Paul Antonell Engineer
Spyros Poulos Engineer
Rich Tozzoli Engineer
Susie Doherty Personal Assistant,Chief Financial Officer
Mike Grieco Guitar Techician
Lester Lovell Engineer
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I have been an Al DiMeola fanatic for years - I have everything he's put out on disc and have seen him live more times than I can count. For the last few years I've been hoping for somthing truly great, and time and again I'm let down. Al is one of the best guitarists in the world, no doubt about it, but this cd is laughable. From the cheesy drum programming to the God-awful synthesizers that show up everywhere, Al has not taken a step forward in years. I enjoyed The Infinite Desire, was satisfied with The Grande Passion, and forced myself to like Flesh on Flesh, but this is getting ridiculous. "Consequence of Choas"? Hardly worthy of the name. There is no fire, no burning passion, just some standard DiMeola fret-play. It's just not interesting. The only song that made me turn the stereo up was Africana Suite, beyond that the whole production is stale. There is no chaos to be found anywhere on this album. It is all sterile and clean. If this was released in 1988, I would have been thrilled. But now? Not so much. I wonder what he is listening to to think that the music on this disc is pushing his art forward. And it's not just DiMeola doing this. Even John McLaughlin's new album, Industrial Zen, was a sad attempt by a world class musician. I wish these guys would forget who they are and just play the guitar.
I have been an Al DiMeola fanatic for years - I have everything he's put out on disc and have seen him live more times than I can count. Al is the best guitarist of my generation and this CD is FANTASTIC! The previous reviewer obviously didn't get it. This CD is as good as it gets. It’s a step in Al's evolution. The Music is complex and beautiful. The Telarc production is stellar. If you have a high quality hi-fi system you’ll love it! "Make sure you listen to the SACD layer." I can hardly wait for his next effort.
This album is excellent from start to finish, and this is one for Return To Forever fans as well, because not only Al Di Meola is on this album, but his Return To Forever band mate Chick Corea on piano, and Al Di Meola's bandmates as well, and this album will definately get Return To Forever fans fired up, because of the reunion tour of this year (2008). All Return To Forever fans, jazz fans, and guitar enthusiasts will indeed enjoy this album, and Al Di Meola is a recommended guitarist to listen to, for the young guitarists who are taking lessons too.