To find out how Al rates as an accordion player, we asked Tom Torriglia
, who started performing with the instrument at age 14 and has released several albums. Says Torriglia: "I would rate Al as a great accordion player and I think his abilities are often overlooked because of the nature of the material he plays. I've had the pleasure of being in a band that performed a couple of songs on stage with Al one time and also opened for him. So, I have first-hand knowledge that he has chops.