LIVE: Al Di Meola

The "elegant gypsy" himself mesmerized the Balboa Theatre with his quick, Latin-influenced guitar picking on April 23.

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Race with the devil on Spanish Highway and you just might find Al Di Meola, who hit Balboa Theatre on April 23.
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Di Meola, who was born Al Laurence Dimeola, came up in New Jersey.
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But his talent wasn't necessarily just picked up on the street -- Di Meola attended Boston's Berklee College of Music in the early '70s.
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Before he went solo with his Latin fusion style of guitar playing, Di Meola played in Chick Correa's band.
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He quickly became known for his complex, fast guitar solos.
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Early in his career, Di Meola explored Mediterranean and Latin influences, finding inspiration in such styles as flamenco.
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He and Carlos Santana toured together in the '80s.
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With John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, he released an acoustic live album in 1981 titled "Friday Night in San Francisco."
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That record reached the No. 6 spot on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.
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