Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola in 1954) is an American jazz fusion and latin jazz guitarist, a four time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll. He was educated at Berklee College of Music, and in 1974 he joined Chick Corea's band Return to Forever, and instantly became world famous for his fantastic technical mastery and extremely fast and complex guitar solos and for his latin inspired fusion jazz guitar playing. The fast skalar runs of his early recordings had and influences on shred guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen. But it would be wrong to label Al Di Meola a shred guitarist.

In addittion to his collaboration with Chick Corea he has played with great musicians like Larry Coryell, the bassist Stanley Clarke, synthesizer player Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and famously in his guitar trio with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía.

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