Al Di Meola – Consequence of Chaos – Telarc

by | Oct 6, 2006 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

Al Di Meola – Consequence of Chaos – Telarc Multichannel SACD-63649, 63:59 ****:

(Al Di Meola, guitars/keyboard/percussion; Chick Corea, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Barry Miles, piano/keyboards/marimba; John Pattitucci, bass guitar/acoustic bass; Ernie Adams, drums/percussion; Gumbi Ortiz, congas/percussion; Mario Parmisano, piano/keyboards; Victor Miranda, bass guitar/elec. bass/baby upright bass; Kornel Horvath, udo/gato drum/shaker)

Di Meola’s latest album seems more electronic than his previous effort. He has a great group of guest players joining him this time, including Chick Corea on two tracks back to back. The super low end of the various electric guitars plus the electronic keyboards and bass guitars really make good use of the LFE channel.  This is not like those classical SACD which are just 5.0 and not 5.1.

The disc – entirely of Di Meola’s own compositions and arrangements – opens and closes with two contrasting views of St. Marks Square in Venice. The first sees it thru modern eyes, with plenty of up-to-date sounds; the last portrays an Old World St. Marks in 3/4 time, as tho Carnival couples are waltzing around the plaza in full regalia. The track Tao has an introspective air, with electric guitar over a bed of synth, then strong bass guitar with added ornamentation from the piano. Sanctuary features just Al, his guitar and electronic keyboard, plus percussion. An up tempo Latin beat is heard in Red Room, with a piano solo by Chick, and the following Cry for You is another duo, with just Al on acoustic guitar and Chick on acoustic piano. A Middle Eastern influence is strong in Black Pearls, and the Africana Suite brings in percussion instruments from that continent.

The great variety of percussion and different keyboards offers Telarc’s surround sound mixer plenty of opportunity to spread the ensemble out around the listening room effectively.

Tracks: San Marco, Turquoise, Odyssey, Tao, Sanctuary, Hypnose, Red Moon, Cry for You, Just Three Words, Tempest, Storm Off-Shore, Black Pearls, Africana Suite, Vecchio San Marco

– John Henry

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