Al Di Meola ‎- Scenario (1983) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Al Di Meola ‎- Scenario
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Mastered By Bernie Grundman
Label: Columbia/FC 38944 | Release: 1983 | Genre: Jazz-Rock

This was an interesting phase for Mr. Di Meola. It was the 1980s after all, not an easy time for any musician who’d been around as long as he, and he found himself adapting to that brave new musical world the best way he could. The result was ‘Scenario’, and it turned out to be quite a tasty little album. The line up for the session was also an asset; Jan Hammer on keys, Fairlight CMI, piano, Linn and Roland drums, and Moog bass. As well, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin guest on a track, and Phil Collins appears. This didn’t produce a prog supergroup for the 80s but it did make for one of the better synthetic projects of that often garish period. The winds of the East and an Indian Bansuri, all electronic, open the desert pictures of ‘Mata Hari’, a track that showcases fluid rhythms from Hammer’s Linn drums and Fairlight with Di Meola’s cool plucking on top. The obligatory Adult Contemporary pap follows with ‘African Night’ and the record is further diminished by the dreadful ‘Island Dreamer’. Luckily, these two maestros snap out of it and give us the superb title cut, a lovely and passioned duet of Al’s Flamenco strings with Hammer’s alternating piano and synth. A diamond in the rough and one of the things worth admission. ‘Sequencer’, in many ways the flagship of this project, is a bright electro-rocker where the blend of high-tech with hard rock is best illuminated and features one of this guitarist’s best, most elegantly fierce staccato performances. ‘Cachaca’ slows the pace a bit but the guitar still cuts like a knife as it does in ‘Hypnotic Conviction’. The eerie ‘Calliope’ develops into an odd-metered romp with melodic solos and the album finishes with the racing and clipping ‘Scoundrel’, an exercise in instrumental prowess. And please note the hats-off to Jeff Beck’s ‘Blue Wind’ at the end, a well-deserved homage to that rock fusion giant.

Review by Atavachron,


Side A
Mata Hari
African Night
Island Dreamer
Side B
Hypnotic Conviction

Recorded At – Caribou Ranch
Mastered At – A&M Studios
Co-producer, Engineer – Dennis Mackay
Design [Album] – John Berg
Engineer [Assistant] – Jerry Mahler, Rich Markowitz
Executive-Producer – Philip Roberge
Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Piano, Organ – Jan Hammer
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Photography By – David Kennedy (10)
Producer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Tom Tom, Guitar [Chordophone], Drums – Al Di Meola
Written-By – Al Di Meola (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2 to B5), Jan Hammer (tracks: A3, B1, B3, B5)
A Digital Recording.
Phil Collins appears courtesy of Atlantic Records Corporation. Bill Bruford appears courtesy of E.G. Records Ltd.

Even Al goes electronic on this album with the help of Jan Hammer. It’s hard to see now, but behind the guitar on the front picture is the monitor of a Fairlight CMI.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 0 7464-38944-1
Barcode (Scanned): 074643894418
Matrix / Runout (A SIde Etched): PAL38944-1D
Matrix / Runout (B Side Etched): PBL38944-1C