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    Posted: September 02 2014 at 18:53

Al Di Meola.

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Even though I love Elegant Gipsy as a whole, My vote goes for Carlos, Carlos was brave enough to blend music in a way that was not seen before. His aproach on latin/african/rock/psychedelic rock was way ahead of it's time.

I know the art of Al di Meola, I saw him live with the Rite of strings, and I got to say that he is a master on what he does, but Carlos, was a real trailblazer.
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DiMeola hands down for me. His technicality and prowess are perfect IMHO, and he's one of my all-time favorite players to listen to - no matter what project he's in.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2014 at 01:33
I love Santana's '70s works and the guy is a great melodic guitar player.

Al D has a number of albums which display a similar penchant for melody but a much higher level of technique, and that's why I cast my vote for him.
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Al.
Hands down.
Technically better.
A wicked right hand on the guitar. His leads for me are intellectual and emotional at the same time. His phrasing is captivating. The musicians he works with are sick. I'm a drummer and although Santana has some great musicians and percussionists (and Dennis Chambers filling in on drums) for me Al has played with more of my inspirations: from Steve Gadd, Ernie Adams (an unknown favorite of mine), Peter Erskine, Manu Katche, Omar Hakim, Joel Taylor, Tom Brecthlein... not to mention Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci and Charlie Haden on bass, traded licks with Vai, and lest we forget, Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubacalbo as of recent on keys in the studio... and a who's who of percussionists! Plus Al has a huge body of work and guested on a lot of other genres (Derek Sherinian's Black Utopia for one...didn't see that coming).

I was introduced to Al's music in my late teens after coming down from a hair metal high. I was looking for new inspirations and a friend turned me on to John Scofield (Loud jazz and Blue Matter), Mike Stern(Odds and Evens, and Jigsaw), and Al (Kiss My Axe and Orange and Blue) as a way to draw me towards the jazz idiom. It worked and I had an easier time accepting (and now reveling in) the education and life-long pursuit of understanding jazz. I still come back to Orange and Blue, The Infinite Desire, and The Grande Passion on a regular basis. Those recordings will transport you to a whole new magical world. Great music to pair with any kind of traveling you may find yourself doing.

Good Poll, though. ...dare I suggest Petrucci vs. Vai vs. Guthrie Govan next?Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 30 2014 at 13:55
Hmmm....if you were to specify Santana up to 1972-73, then he would win hands down, but I don't care for him thereafter. So, I choose Al for RTF, Friday Night in San Francisco and his solo work.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 29 2014 at 18:04
I have been listening to Carlos Santana pretty much ever since he hit the airwaves and have come to a greater appreciation of his playing in the last few years. At the same time, Big Al was one of the first non-rock guitarists I heard (the other being Pat Metheny); he blew me away then (a loooong time ago) and he still blows me away. Al gets my vote. BTW: Since this has been around for more than a year now, is anybody reading this? Send me a pm.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2013 at 14:44
Originally posted by Hercules

Originally posted by Sumdeus

Al Di Meola is more technically skilled but Santana has always been one of my favorite guitarists and I would say makes better music. I find it hard to listen to too much Al Di Meola cause it's just so focused on being technical. 
 
You could not have expressed my own views more perfectly.

Ditto.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2013 at 05:04
Just locked the poll at 27 a piece voting for Santana
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 22:38
Santana but probably because I listened to his band in college and had all the early  lp's.....never really cared for Dimeola's solo music but his playing with Return To Forever is nice.

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Originally posted by Kati

Originally posted by sagichim

Originally posted by Sumdeus

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
Now I am most curious really and eager to listen!!! Hug

About the original question it is Al for me. Love Carlos for the most part but Di Meola is simply one of the best... frankly in a league nearly to himself. Many people can play Carlos's parts, the same can not be said for Al.

On RTF you have to remember they made music for such brief period and some of it can sound dated. Having said that they are one of my favorites and to those on the fence give the song The Romantic Warrior a spin. 4 Musicians at their absolute best... a perfect song to my ears!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:43
Originally posted by sagichim

Originally posted by Sumdeus

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
Now I am most curious really and eager to listen!!! Hug
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:41
Originally posted by Sumdeus

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music


god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Sumdeus anything you recommend i must listen and take notice for sure, thank you I will and revert and get back to you SmileHugHeart
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sagichim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:38
Originally posted by Sumdeus

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:35
Brilliant no doubt Abraxas ApproveHug
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 15:23
I bought a couple of RTF vinyls a little while back.  I just haven't listened to them yet.  I actually have a few Chick Corea albums too.  My favorite Al di Meola might be World Sinfonia II, which happened to be the first one of his that I bought.  Elegant Gypsy, Splendindo Hotel and Casino are all great too.  I also have Land Of The Midnight Sun, Orange and Blue, Scenario, and Tirami Su.  I've just not listened to many of these all that frequently.  Splendido Hotel, Casino, and Land of the Midnight Sun are all recent purchases.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 15:12
Return to Forever's "Romantic Warrior" was the first prog album I ever got into, so it has a special place in my heart. From a production standpoint, I think it's one of the best sounding albums from the 70s, regardless of genre, and the music kicks ass.

Try RTF's "Returns" (2009) album. Some great renditions of classic tunes, with some great improvisation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sumdeus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:58
Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music


god I love Corea's keyboard playing
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:35
Rushfan Hughmmm I never bought any RTF, I wasn't keen on them Unhappy first 4 or 5 Al albums are the best ones for me, not the recent ones. Some prefer the recent ones but it's different music.   Elegant Gypsy and Casino are favorites of mine. Also he was with Stomu Yamashta on the album "Go" in the late 70's. Friday Night in San Francisco too Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:23
Originally posted by Atavachron

Originally posted by docall27

Al.  Carlos was better in the 70s, more melodic, more feeling than Al...BUT, he never really went anywhere beyond that.  Al has grown more as a guitarist over the years IMO.
that's a very good point



Have to agree as well. Al was always more diverse in his playing anyway, even compared to Carlos in the 70s.
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