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Al Di Meola On World Cafe | May 02, 2011 |

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Al Di Meola's career as a pioneering guitar guru is widely celebrated around the world. As a master of electric and acoustic guitar, he fuses elements of jazz, flamenco, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, tango and African into one rich and complex exploration of sound. He's sold more than six million records worldwide, with three of his albums going gold. A man of many collaborative projects, Di Meola has worked with artists such asCarlos SantanaHerbie HancockStevie Wonder and Les Paul.
His current project is New World Sinfonia, which has just released a new album, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody. With the ensemble, Di Meola courses through the same breadth of styles that have defined his career and even throws in covers of The Beatles and the classic tune "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Hear Di Meola talk about his newest project and play a Morocco-inspired song titled "Mawazine Part 1 & 2." (link)
Playlist - HOUR ONE
Bell X1 "Velcro" Bloodless Coup
Return to Forever "No Mystery" No Mystery
Death Cab For Cutie "You Are A Tourist" Codes And Keys
Al Di Meola "Mawazine Pt. 1 & 2" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Al Di Meola "Siberiana" Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody
Al Di Meola "Double Concerto" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Fleet Foxes "Grown Ocean" Helplessness Blues
Robert Plant & Allison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand
Gene Clark "Here Without You" Echoes
Playlist - HOUR TWO
Glasvegas "Euphoria, Take My Hand" Euphoric/Heartbreak
Arborea "Phantasmagoria in Two" Red Planet
Arborea "Spain" Red Planet
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "DÈj‡ vu" DÈj‡ vu
Roxy Music "Avalon" Avalon
Paul Simon "Dazzling Blue" So Beautiful So What
Talking Heads "I Zimbra" Fear of Music
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes
The Kills "Baby Says" Blood Pressures
The XX "Crystalised" XX
Smashing Pumpkins "1979" Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
My Morning Jacket "Circuital" Circuital