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Kiss My Axe
     

Kiss My Axe

by Al di Meola
 
Despite the aggression its title implies, Kiss My Axe is the work of a softer, more reflective Al di Meola, who had become greatly influenced by Pat Metheny's subtle lyricism, but still had a very recognizable and distinctive sound. Di Meola's new approach was perfectly summarized when, in 1991, he told Jazz Times he wanted to be

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Despite the aggression its title implies, Kiss My Axe is the work of a softer, more reflective Al di Meola, who had become greatly influenced by Pat Metheny's subtle lyricism, but still had a very recognizable and distinctive sound. Di Meola's new approach was perfectly summarized when, in 1991, he told Jazz Times he wanted to be "enchanted" by the music instead of dazzling listeners with his considerable chops. Di Meola still has fine technique, but avoids overwhelming us with it, and shows more restraint than before. One thing that remains is the guitarist's strong interest in world music -- this imaginative session liberally incorporates Latin influences (Brazilian, Spanish, Peruvian and Afro-Cuban) as well as Middle Eastern and African elements. In that Jazz Times interview, di Meola explained that this CD's title resulted in part from his frustration over the fact that many labels and commercial radio stations were choosing bloodless "elevator muzak" over more adventurous fusion. Consistently rewarding, Axe makes it clear that di Meola did the right thing by refusing to compromise.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1991
Label:
Mesa / Bluemoon
UPC:
0081227975128
catalogNumber:
79751

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Performance Credits

di Meola   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Tabla,Hand Clapping,Track Performer
Omar Hakim   Drums
Barry Miles   Synthesizer,Piano,Hand Clapping,Synclavier
Rachel Z   Synthesizer
Anthony Jackson   Electric Bass,Contrabass Clarinet
Richie Morales   Drums
Gumbi Ortiz   Conga
Tony Scherr   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion,Bongos,Voices,Bata
Gumbi Oritz   Conga,Hand Clapping,Bata

Technical Credits

Barry Miles   Arranger,Programming,Producer
di Meola   Arranger,Producer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Anthony Jackson   Contributor
David Palmer   Engineer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Kip Kaplan   Executive Producer
Vittorio Zammarano   Engineer
Dan Mockensturm   Engineer

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