No matter acoustic or electric, the 70s or today ... classical, latin, rock, metal, or jazz ... Al brings a level of virtuosity to whatever he chooses to play, assuring the highest quality of any project of which he's involved. In addition to starting his career in keyboardist Chick Corea's RETURN TO FOREVER, Al has produced 25 solo records (four gold, including "Land of the Midnight Sun" and "Elegant Gypsy"), and has collaborated with hundreds of diverse and talented artists including: Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia ("A Friday Night in SanFrancisco"), Phil Collins, Larry Coryell, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin, Milton Naciemento, Jimmy Page, Jaco Pastorius, Les Paul, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Steve Vai, Stevie Wonder, Tony Williams, Steve Winwood, Frank Zappa, and so many more.
After spending most of the 1990s concentrating almost exclusively on ACOUSTIC music ("The Rites of Strings" with Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke, three records with his own World Sinfonia Band, "The Guitar Trio" reunion with John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia, and "Di Meola Plays Piazzolla," Al, as the 21st Century turned, was getting the urge to reconnect with his ELECTRIC ROOTS. On 2002's "FLESH ON FLESH," he effectively integrated his acoustic, contemporary, and fusion styles, and re-established himself as a composer on what some call his most sophisticated record to date. At the same time, he was also more frequently playing his 1959 Les Paul, to overwhelmingly appreciative audiences. Then, like a bolt out of the blue, Paul Reed Smith (PRS) sent Al one of their company's prototype 513 model guitars ... Since that day in 2004, the hand-made, tiger-striped, laquered Axe has become Al's electric weapon of choice. For the past three years, he's been tearing it up, and reminding the music world why he is, and will always be, GUITAR ROYALTY.