Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Elegant Gypsy – Al Di Meola on AllMusic – – Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a. Elegant Gypsy is a music studio album recording by AL DI MEOLA (Jazz Rock/ Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. Al DiMeola’s second album Elegant Gypsy () proved to become one of the defining albums in Fusion.

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This might be the fastest song on the album, with crazy shred like jazz fusion solos throughout and some wonderful dual harmonies between Di Meola and Paco, Paco himself shows off some virtuoso skill.

There are no vocals on this album, so After some great soloing, another fabolous riff melts you, gives you a thousand goosebumps, and floors you. I didn’t expect it to blow me away as it did but it is so good it is impossible to ignore. The song sounds almost like flamenco with its extremely fast acoustic guitar playing style.

The general mood of the album is a perfect balance between rational technicality and sincere passion, compeltely instrumental and enjoyable since the very first ximeola.

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That’s nothing compared to this!!! So this is a 4 star album for me, but a very big one.

But regardless of expectations, this album isn’t elegwnt. A fairly insignificant acoustic guitar short piece follows, then the album plunges into the title track suite, which is need the album’s highlight with Flight Over Rio.


Big album plus is very different melodies,rhythms and musical arrangements. This is in my opinion a good, but non-essential album.

Elegant Gypsy

Not to lower this album to simply a work of shredding riffs, this album is very diverse, with varying moods, te Even in the quieter parts you will feel excited due to the rimeola work of Di Meola.

There is also a distorted guitar or bass riff that really shines.

Maybe gypay just because it’s a very short album. It covers all fusion ground you can think off: Al Di Meola can be disciped as one of the key-figures of the electric guitar. A short transition song. It goes without saying that Elegant Gypsy is one of those influences. One thing that I’ve always found bad on Al di Meola’s music, specially on the live with McLaughlin and DeLucia is that the excessive technicalities make the music sound “cold” even when Latin.


It is his gypey work, and it is probably the greatest solo album by a guitarist ever made. The other songs are quite good as well, but they don’t have such memorable moments as those three in particular. It does not have an authentic sound, way to electric. Elwgant album is instrumental. One thing about this album which I think deserves special mention is its entirely dated gyps and super-slick feel– which positively screams I especially love that muted guitar riff that occurs after a heavy riff somewhere close to the end of the song.

After that is over, the song takes yet another shift with similar riffs and themes but in different rhythms and continues to shift back and forth with noticeable differences and more guitar soloing until it ends with a fadeout.


You won’t hear any notes a second wizardry unless it has to be there; fast sections are balanced against more laid back parts; heavy rock merges with nearly cheesy mellowness. Mediterranean Sundance is probably one of the best songs ever written for acoustic guitar, Di Meola and De Lucia are in perfect harmony and pretty well take their turns melting the fretboard with their emotionally charged fusion shred.

Well, at least that was how I though up until putting my hands on Elegant Gypsy. Possibly the album’s one flaw. The album opens with ‘Flight Over Rio’ where powerful bass introduces lea Even though this story arc unfolded in a a true Romantic Warrior fashion where it was the final composition, titled Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrantthat stole the show it only took me less than thirty seconds to realize that I loved the Elegant Gypsy Suite!

The closer is the title track and also the best track of the album. Complex, layered, and runs the gambit of music. Above all a wonderful sound’s production, very sharp and very clear.