Re: Al DiMeola
Cape Chef ought to like this post as he is an avid Al fan. I loved Elegant Dancer the most.
I have to say though I have been playing guitar 25 years or so and have seen them all and met a few. I haven't had this particualr discussion in ages but I feel I must defend my man. Granted playing is not about speed alone. But while Al is an extremely fast and clean player his speed nor ability can compare to John McLaughlin. Listen closely to any of Johns acoustic Shakti work and you will find blinding speed and ability unmatched by anyone else. I had a chance to meet John and get my guitar signed by him. I stood literally 7' away from him watching him play and saw the closest thing to a direct link to something otherworldly than I have ever or will ever see. I don't expect that I will ever change Choux's opinion nor anyone elses. This is one of those discussions like religion and politics where you don't change anyones mind. I just figured if Choux was going to say that, I had to defend my man John. (by the way Steve Vai is the next best to John to me!):bounce:
BTW I've never heard of any technique called Mutola. The only Mutola I know about is the runner Maria Mutola and John plays faster than her too.
BTW Anneke you can hear a sample of just about anything at CDNOW.com