Nylon & Steel

This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz.

This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz. In his usual repertoire, Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco ranges from Bach to Rodrigo, yet he has also essayed Lennon and McCartney. Here, he joins with three other ace axe-wielders: fusion standout Al Di Meola, Dixie Dregs star Steve Morse, and ex-Police man Andy Summers. Summers is also an adept jazz guitarist/composer and proves a particularly apt foil on a Latin find and two of his originals, the languid "I Remember" and manic "Crow at Midnight." Di Meola is at his best when he tones it down acoustically, as he does here for duets on three of his tango-inflected tunes. Morse pairs with Barrueco on six overtly virtuosic pieces, ranging from Villa-Lobos to fret-popping originals. Barrueco book-ends the set with two solo performances, including his highly entertaining arrangement of Copland's Rodeo.—BB