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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH AL.

  • Sep 28, 1999
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+5
What!! A Christmas album by DiMeola!!

I must admit I was a bit sceptical at first because so many Jazz/Fusion artist have made overly sweet and sentimental Christmas albums, but of course I shouldn't have doupted the master, this album is really good.

Al playes acoustic guitars on the album along with percussion, Keyboards and a multi string harp.
Herman Romero plays additional guitar and percussion and then there is a player from Ukraine, Roman Hrynkiv who playes an Ukrainian instrument called Bandura which is a plucked string instrument with a bright sound which fits this music wery well.

The music is a mix of well known Christmas songs and new compositions by DiMeola, there is of course a Christmas feel to the album but it's all in great taste and underneath the calm surface Al is burning.

Not a CD to be played the year round but perfect for late November and Desember.

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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe.   The Music I love the most is … more
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Jazz guitarist Al DiMeola gives new meaning to the phraseworld musicby working with Ukrainianbanduraplayer Roman Hrynkiv. Here DiMeola explores a special collection of instrumental seasonal works, underscoring them with layered percussion. A number of captivating originals and intricately arranged standards surface here, including "Carol of the Bells, "Ave Maria," and "The First Noel." DiMeola certainly titled the album right: these seasonal songs readily capture the penetrating chill and peacefulness of a star-laden winter sky. Recommended.--Martin Keller
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Label: Telarc
Artist: Al Di Meola
Release Date: September 28, 1999

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