Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia - Friday Night In San Francisco


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This is an Audiophile Must-Have! A fantastic meeting of three extraordinary guitarists is one of the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums!

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One reviewer wrote that Friday Night in San Francisco may be considered the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums. The appearance of John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Paco DeLucia at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre one Friday night in 1981 was a musical event that could be compared to the Benny Goodman Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in 1938. The Guitar Trio did for the acoustic guitar what Goodman had done for jazz. The acoustic guitar had gone commercial.


The album's highlight is McLaughlin's duet with DeLucia on an Egberto Gismonti piece, "Frevo Rasgado". The beautiful melody and stunning improvisation leads to an absolutely hair-raising finale duel. The recording's lightest moments occur during a hilarious duet version of Chick Corea's "Short Tales of the Black Forest," featuring McLaughin and DiMeola in which the two masters quote back and forth from various sources including Mancini's "Pink Panther." All three players finish the event with a studio version of McLaughlin's "Guardian Angel." 



1.   Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

2.   Short Tales of the Black Forest

3.   Frevo Rasgado

4.   Fantasia Suite

5.   Guardian Angel (Studio Recording)

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