The Al Di Meola Collection focuses on the past two decades of Di Meloa’s career, in which he has continued to conquer new musical horizons. The Collection kicks off with “Race with Devil on Turkish Highway,” a guitar duel like none other with Steve Vai, off Di Meola’s 1998 Telarc debut, The Infinite Desire. The album, featuring some of the most extensive and effective uses of midi technology, has sold more than 100,000 copies to date and logged over 3 months on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. 2002’s The Grande Passion features Di Meola’s acoustic group, World Sinfonia, and boasts diverse sounds taken from every corner of the world, such as the sultry, Latin-tinged “Libertango.” Chick Corea cover “Señor Mouse” comes by way of 2002’s critically acclaimed Flesh on Flesh, an album which put the spotlight back on Di Meola’s outstanding electric guitar work. Several tracks are
featured from 2006’s Consequence of Chaos; a record of original compositions with guest appearances by Corea, among others. The Collection concludes with a dreamy cover of the classic song “Over the Rainbow,” a selection from 2011’s Pursuit of a Radical Rhapsody.