|Al Di Meola
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Influenced greatly by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, Di Meola had enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, here his marathon practice sessions are still the stuff of legends. After a brief stint with keyboardist Barry Miles, Al Di Meola was tapped by Chick Corea in 1974 - at the age of 19. Now his star quickly ascended. His awesome technique and musical depth can be traced back to the debut album with Chick Corea - 'Return to Forever' in 1974. In 1980, marked the triumph of the 'Super Guitar Trio' with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. The record 'Friday Night in San Francisco' became a landmark recording resulting in wide acclaim. The result of which, surpassing two million records in sales. They toured from 1980 through 1983 and reunited for a 3rd CD 'Guitar Trio' in 1996 followed by a world tour.