Di Meola, Al / The Infinite Desire
Artist Di Meola, Al
Title The Infinite Desire
Format CD
Released 1998
Label Telarc
Tracks
1. Beyond the Mirage / Al Di Meola (7:19)
(Al Di Meola)
2. Shaking the Spirits / Al Di Meola (6:30)
(Al Di Meola)
3. Vizzini / Al Di Meola (4:56)
(Al Di Meola)
4. In My Mother's Eyes (Memory of Theresa) / Al Di Meola (4:41)
(Al Di Meola)
5. The Infinite Desire / Al Di Meola (5:28)
(Al Di Meola)
6. Invention of the Monsters / Al Di Meola (3:05)
(Al Di Meola)
7. Istanbul / Al Di Meola (8:01)
(Al Di Meola)
8. Azzura / Al Di Meola (2:55)
(Al Di Meola)
9. Big Sky Azzura / Al Di Meola (6:06)
(Al Di Meola)
10. Race With Devil on Turkish Highway / Al Di Meola (4:05)
(Al Di Meola)
11. Valentina / Al Di Meola (4:46)
(Al Di Meola)
12. The Infinite Desire (Vocal) / Al Di Meola (5:26)
(Al Di Meola)
Notes Recorded February - May 1998 Date of US Release August 18, 1998 With the help of new generations of guitar synthesizers and samplers, The Infinite Desire finds a mature, lyrical, more expressive Al DiMeola casting his lot with Telarc, which until the late '90s had concentrated its attentions upon aging acoustic jazzers. Indeed, he makes marvelously musical use of the new devices, creating sensuous, exotic layers of sound that lay easily upon the ear, without much of the usual harshness of digital instruments generated by those who haven't bothered to master them. "Shaking the Spirits" in particular is a fascinating piece, loaded with dazzling Middle Eastern and African colorations, and the sampled trumpet sound he gets on "Valentina" is astoundingly lifelike. Also, DiMeola's playing became more unabashedly fluid in the '90s; on the closest thing to a straight-ahead track, "Invention of the Monsters," DiMeola's electric guitar curls intricately and swingingly around the bass of Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams' drums and some synthesized brass. DiMeola's co-conspirators change from track to track, although two who figure a lot in the sound and package are keyboardist Rachel Z (a former DiMeola sidewoman) and bassist John Patitucci. Also check out Herbie Hancock on acoustic grand and Peter Erskine's drums on "Istanbul," and DiMeola's fairly good-natured duel with rock guitarist Steve Vai on "Race With Devil on Turkish Highway".