Al Di Meola on his VIP dinner parties, losing Chick Corea and unearthing a new guitar trio record with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía

Al Di Meola press shot
(Image credit: Al Di Meola)

Back in the 1970s, Al Di Meola became famous – at just 19 years old, mind you – for his expert ability to weave together rock, jazz, progressive and fusion styles with a mix of furious chops and a heavy, Les Paul-derived sound. And he did it while breaking land-speed (or, at least, finger-speed) records with seeming ease.

These days, Di Meola is still one of the fastest and most accomplished six-stringers among us – even if he more often than not plies his trade on an acoustic, rather than electric guitar.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.