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    Posted: August 30 2009 at 00:26
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 29 2009 at 14:12
I prefer di Meola over Metheny.  Pat Metheny seems to put more into his composing a song but I'm not a fan of his playing (I'm not saying he isn't good, just not what I like).  Prefer di Meola, just he could write a better tune or two.
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The Elegant Gypsy , for me

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 17:31
I must be turning into an old fart because I like Al's earlier albums better than his later ones too. LOL
I've been running into this phenomenon with prog musicians who got going in the '70's.  Not that there isn't a lot to appreciate in the newer musicians out there these days.

But definitely distinctively different styles between them to the point that I can't choose.  They haven't ever played together have they?  That would be fun.

I might also mention that I have two PM DVDs Imaginary Day Live and We Live Here Live In Japan if you don't count Shadows and Light (Metheny with Joni Mitchell or should I say in the JM band along with Jaco, this was what got me into JM).  Also Al in Di meola, Al Jean-Luc Ponty Stanley Clarke: Live At Montreaux.  Metheny wins again in the DVD quantity category. LOL


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 16:10
This is like comparing Valencia and Navel oranges for me.  These are my two first non-rock guitarists.  I think Pat has maintained his creative edge better, but it's Al in my book by about a page.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 15:57
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

Originally posted by kingfriso

I think Metheny's composition skills are way better then Di Meola's, but the latter has some very inspiring guitar technics. The Way Up is however the convinging record to give my vote to Metheny and his group.

Eh, for me the golden age of Metheny was his '70's and early '80's stuff.  I'm still trying to figure all the admiration that The Way Up is getting.  It's not bad at all, but maybe it's just due to the fact that I first got into him back then. Big smile


you're right, that era of his is phenomenal. he has good stuff throughout his career, but that era is the best. his stuff since is hit or miss though. depends on how you like your jazz.

i remember getting my head wrapped around Song X from the mid-80s with Ornette Coleman. But that album is rough to listen to if you're tired or not in your best music listening mood.

though, i do love The Way Up too. as long as ive got enough time and patience to sit through the whole thing Wink i jest.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 15:44
Metheny, PMG (s/t), Still Life (Talking), Speaking of Now, and The Way Up are some of the greatest jazz albums ever imo.

Meola's cool though of course, my favorite album he was on is Romantic Warrior.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 15:33
Metheny is great, no doubt... but he's no Al Di Meola,
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 14:32
Originally posted by kingfriso

I think Metheny's composition skills are way better then Di Meola's, but the latter has some very inspiring guitar technics. The Way Up is however the convinging record to give my vote to Metheny and his group.

Eh, for me the golden age of Metheny was his '70's and early '80's stuff.  I'm still trying to figure all the admiration that The Way Up is getting.  It's not bad at all, but maybe it's just due to the fact that I first got into him back then. Big smile


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 13:49
I like both equally but I went with Al though.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 10:05
I think Metheny's composition skills are way better then Di Meola's, but the latter has some very inspiring guitar technics. The Way Up is however the convinging record to give my vote to Metheny and his group.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 09:36
I don't really know... McLauglin is the only one I've heard. Don't listen to much fusion
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 08:27
Metheny - Anyday.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 08:26
Metheny is the man.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 08:20
Metheny's physical skills are very very good, though not as breathtaking as DiMeola's.
 
OTOH, DiMeola has never composed anything approaching the power of The Way Up.
 
Metheny.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 08:11
I cant choose too tough! Both are very different. I like Metheny because the atmosphere he brings and Di Meola can wail on his guitar like no other! Metheny it is
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 07:24
For me quanity has nothing to do with it.  I've seen Metheny live numerous times.  One time it was the front row.   Seeing is believing!!  Amazing!!!  Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 06:39
Aaaaaaggghhh!!!! LOL
A quick survey of what I have says Metheny, but if I got into the albums I have that have DiMeola.  He might win strictly on quantity.
Di Meola, Al    Casino
Di Meola, Al    Spendido Hotel
Di Meola, Al    Scenario
Di Meola, Al    Cielo e Terra
Di Meola, Al    Infinite Desire, The
Di Meola, Al/John McLaughlin/Paco de Lucia    Friday Night In San Francisco
DiMeola, Al    Land of the Midnight Sun
DiMeola, Al    Elegant Gypsy
Dimeola, Al    Electric Rendezvous
Metheny, Pat    Bright Size Life
Metheny, Pat    Watercolors
Metheny, Pat    Secret Story
Metheny, Pat    Map of the World, A
Metheny, Pat & Lyle Mays    As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
Metheny, Pat Group    Pat Metheny Group
Metheny, Pat Group    American Garage
Metheny, Pat Group    Travels
Metheny, Pat Group    First Circle
Metheny, Pat Group    STILL life (talking)
Metheny, Pat Group    Imaginary Day
Metheny, Pat Group    Speaking Of Now
Metheny, Pat Group    Way Up, The
Metheny, Pat with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes    question and answer
Metheny. Pat    One Quiet Night


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 28 2009 at 06:29
Wich jazz/fusion guitarist do you prefer?
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