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Carlos Santana or Al Di Meola?

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Poll Question: Carlos Santana or Al Di Meola?
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    Posted: June 12 2010 at 10:06
Your favorite of these two esteemed Latin-based fusion guitarists?
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Kind of hard to compare oranges and apples. DiMeola is flat out one of the fastest guitarists around, on both electric and acoustic. Plus, with Return to Forever, and his own, and as one of the "Three Guitarists," he's written and played some tasty music. A true fusion guitarist.

Carlos Santana, on the other hand, is more like a blues-based guitar player with some latin feel -- much of which is provided by his band.

I like them both for different reasons.
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 Absolutely no question. Carlos has done it all.
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Carlos , no contest....
 
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Santana tiene mucha alma (Carlos has soul). Al, not so much.
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Both great, but I think Carlos can play anything he wants, plays with both flair and grace, where Al is a great technician, amazingly fast, but lacks originality and true flair.
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Carlos without question.A matter of taste though isn't it.
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Speed-picking is okay. Blues-Latin-Psych-Fusion-Pop is rather better.
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Agree with you guys, like Di Meola but looove Santana

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2010 at 12:16
I voted for Al D. since I think he's been more progressive and has done more to expand the vocabulary of the idiom. 

LOVE Santana, he continues to do wonderful things, but Al's work with synth guitar, amazing flexibility (fusion, world music, etc.) impresses me greatly.  

They should do an album together!!
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I think Di Meola has a more consistent body of work, so I'll choose him.
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Al Di Meola is a stellar guitarist.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote inrainbows Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2010 at 13:29
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I agree, I love Carlos though....
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Both are amazing guitarists, Al D gets my vote.
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Coin flip.
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Santana no doubt, I enjoy every bit of his playing and compositions. Al might be a better technician, but most of his playing does me nothing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote b4usleep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2010 at 14:22
Originally posted by Epignosis

Al Di Meola is a stellar guitarist.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote squire4001 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2010 at 14:31
I think Al D. is more progressive than Santana, because he combines a lot of styles including many instruments, but Santana has more feeling IMO and I like that!
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Santana definitely has more soul, but Al is more versatile and has a wider body of work.  Carlos is pretty much one dimensional for me.
The world of sound is certainly capable of infinite variety and, were our sense developed, of infinite extensions. -- George Santayana, "The Sense of Beauty"
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Meola is both better AND more consistent. Blending genres doesn't work if you don't do it right.
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