Elegant Gypsy

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Elegant Gypsy
Studio album by Al Di Meola
Released 1977
Recorded May–September 1977
Genre Latin jazz, jazz fusion
Length 37:00
Label Columbia
Producer Al Di Meola
Al Di Meola chronology
Land of the Midnight Sun
(1976)
Elegant Gypsy
(1977)
Casino
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Elegant Gypsy is the second album by American jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola. It was released in 1977 on Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

Elegant Gypsy was a follow-up album to Di Meola's debut release, Land of the Midnight Sun. The distinctive music on the album is a speedy fusion of jazz and rock, with lightning-fast guitar riffs intermixed with lyrical acoustical passages. The songs include explorations of Latin music themes, including acoustic genres like flamenco.[3]

Elegant Gypsy won an annual award for Best Guitar Album in Guitar Player Magazine.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Al Di Meola unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Flight Over Rio" (Mingo Lewis) 7:16
  2. "Midnight Tango" 7:28
  3. "Mediterranean Sundance" 5:14
  4. "Race with Devil on Spanish Highway" 6:18
  5. "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" 1:46
  6. "Elegant Gypsy Suite" 9:16

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard 200 58[4]
1977 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 5[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 61. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Review in Ultimate-guitar.com
  4. ^ a b "Elegant Gypsy - Al di Meola | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.