“In the fusion era of the ’70s, we were always thinking of the record. I don't associate him with any record yet”: Al Di Meola gives his take on the Matteo Mancuso phenomenon

Left - Guitarist Al Di Meola performs on stage at The Magnolia on September 24, 2019 in El Cajon, California;Right - Guitarist Matteo Mancuso performs onstage during the Give Back Through Music's Leslie West Tribute Concert at The Canyon Club on January 23, 2024 in Agoura Hills, California
(Image credit: L-Daniel Knighton/Getty Images;R-Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Al Di Meola has recently highlighted Matteo Mancuso as one of the best guitarists of his generation. However, he also mentions how important it is for contemporary guitarists like Mancuso to go beyond videos and develop their songwriting technique, to create records with a legacy.

“He's good. He's a phenomenon,” remarks Di Meola in an interview on Become A Guitarist Today with Adam Roach.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.