Al DiMeola - Kiss My Axe (1991)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Al DiMeola
Title Kiss My Axe
Length 66:19 Discs: 1 Tracks: 13
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Tomato Cat. Number R2-79751
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded maj 1991 
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Musicians Credits
Al Di Meola guitars
Omar Hakim drums
Anthony Jackson bass
Barry Miles synth., piano
Richie Morales drums
Gumbi Oritz percussion-various
Tony Scherr bass
Arto Tuncboyaci percussion, voice
Rachel Z synth.
Producer Al Di Meola
Producer Barry Miles
Engineer David Palmer
Engineer Frank Filipetti
Engineer Dan Mockensturm
Engineer Vittorio Zammarano
Mastering Bob Ludwig
Track list
South Bound Traveler 05:22
The Embrace 05:48
Kiss My Axe 05:04
Morocco 07:40
Gigi's Playtime Rhyme (Interlude #1) 02:36
One Night Last June 08:19
Phantom 07:52
Erotic Interlude (Interlude #2) 02:32
Global Safari 05:42
Interlude #3 01:59
Purple Orchids 06:45
Prophet (Interlude #4) 01:16
Oriana (September 24, 1988) 05:24
AMG Review by Alex Henderson (4 1/2):
Despite the aggression its title implies, Kiss My Axe is the work of a softer, more reflective Al DiMeola, who had become greatly influenced by Pat Metheny's subtle lyricism, but still had a very recognizable and distinctive sound. DiMeola's new approach was perfectly summarized when, in 1991, he told JazzTimes he wanted to be "enchanted" by the music instead of dazzling listeners with his considerable chops. DiMeola still has fine technique, but avoids overwhelming us with it, and shows more restraint than before. One thing that remains is the guitarist's strong interest in world music — this imaginative session liberally incorporates Latin influences (Brazilian, Spanish, Peruvian and Afro-Cuban) as well as Middle Eastern and African elements. In that JazzTimes interview, DiMeola explained that this CD's title resulted in part from his frustration over the fact that many labels and commercial radio stations were choosing bloodless "elevator muzak" over more adventurous fusion. Consistently rewarding, Axe makes it clear that DiMeola did the right thing by refusing to compromise.