Album Remarks & Appraisals:
One has been repeatedly hailed as the world's best guitarist, the other is Russia's most successful musician. And together, Al Di Meola and Leonid Agutin are simply unbeatable. For their album "Cosmopolitan Life", the two have created a unique sound, giving crossover a new dimension. Is this sophisticated pop for adults, then? Or popular world music? No matter, the sounds created by this fantastic duo will seduce every music-lover. Dreamily beautiful pop tunes meld with Russian jazz, Gypsy rhythms and Argentinian tango.
Personnel: Al di Meola (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Leonid Agutin (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards); Angelica Varum (vocals); Anatoly Kotov (acoustic guitar); Ed Calle (saxophone); Tony Concepcion (trumpet); John Kricker (trombone); Albert Fedoseev (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards, background vocals); Sergey Korolev, Oleg Tarkhov, Anthony Jackson, Julio Hernandez (bass guitar); Arthur Gazarov (drums, percussion); Lee Levine, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Gumbi Ortiz, Richard Bravo (percussion); Igor Laletin (drum programming); Randy Singer Group, Lilian Viana, Farah Lopez, Aster Wilson, Artia Lockett, Alan Wilson , Pedro Ferreira, Roberto Moura, Ron Taylor , Beatriz Malnic (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Igor Laletin.
Recording information: Criteria Hit Factory, Miami, FL.
Arrangers: Leonid Agutin; Albert Fedoseev; Al di Meola.
On COSMOPOLITAN LIFE Russian guitarist, singer, and rock star Leonid Agutin teams up with six-string virtuoso Al Di Meola for a tour through a collection of songs that spans borders and styles. Elements of jazz, Cuban, gypsy music, African, tango, and mainstream pop are brought together to dazzling effect, and while Agutin's distinctive voice is one of the album's most notable qualities, it's the guitar interplay between the two artists that makes COSMOPOLITAN LIFE a satisfying listen. This disc comes recommended to fans of either artist, as well as those that enjoy crossover jazz and music with an international flavor.