INAK 9141 CD. Al Di Meola. Elysium (CD, Album, Unofficial). in-akustik (2). INAK 9141 CD. Russia. Elysium (CD, Album, Dig). Songsurfer Records, Valiana Music And Media.
Only for completionists (8%). Al Di Meola's 2015 album is another gem from his current mature period, and close enough in spirit to his subsequent (and recommended) "Opus" that it might almost be considered a dry-run for the later session. The music is almost identical: subdued, mostly acoustic Math Jazz fusion, if such an ungainly hybrid even exists
Album · 2015 · 14 Songs. See All. Cosmopolitan Life. All Your Life (A Tribute to the Beatles). Paco De Lucia - Al Di Meola - John Mc Laughlin.
Al Di Meola: Elysium by Doug Collette, published on November 7, 2015. In fact, that atmosphere sounds and feels wholly natural in large part because of the impeccable sound of Elysium, its mix maximizing the stereo spectrum perhaps most in evidence when acoustic guitars are prominent as they are on "Cascade. But it's also true DiMeola's production skills would be for naught without the abiding empathy between him and the other players, including at various points keyboardists Phillip Saisse and Barry Miles, and while the arrangements (again by DiMeola himself) are dense to be sure, the musicianship breathes as it does during the title-cut.
This collection of songs is really good and marks somewhat of a return to electric guitar. Great compositions, stellar playing, horrible album cover. That being said, he has a long history of bad album covers that belie the brilliance within. This is no exception. Al Di Meola's albums are all brilliant and well done. However, some are more brilliant than others.
Album: Elysium, 2015. Has been played on. Czech Republic 1.