Di Meola, a Berklee College alumnus, sometimes offers concepts, chord progressions, and voicings that escape me, but that’s what makes his brand of fusion so special. I’m sure that there are numerous aspiring guitarists who seek a model after whom to style their playing. My advice: Unless you thrive on challenges and are 110% dedicated to pure, unadulterated skill, Di Meola is not the one to tackle. Check your egos at the door and just listen! This virtuoso has performed over the years with the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, and Carlos Santana, just to name a few. Now how’s that for networking and career building?? The enriching dividends are quite obvious for Di Meola.
There is no one particular piece on Consequence of Chaos that stands out above the rest, although I do personally lean more toward cuts like "Azucar," "Santuary" and "Red Moon." All of the tunes are equally Di Meola at his finest. The riffs are lightning quick and razor sharp, and the melodies are well-conceived, appealing, and mystical. My hat will always remain off to Di Meola and his deep, often intriguingly complex, style.