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by Al Di Meola
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The thing I like so much about fusion is the freedom in this type of music, different players are fusing different things together so it is difficult to give a good description of what the fusion style is,it is very varied. (although in the mid 80's the form kind of stagnated and degenerated into fusac, which Meola thankfully stayed away from). On this CD, Al is fusing together Jazz,Latin,Rock,Flamengo and Egyptian music together in a beautiful blend.
Thanks Al, for introducing me to one of the great musicial forms ever.
Casino and Elegant Gypsy Suite are his two best albums. I bet I've listened to Casino at least 10,000 times. I know every single note played by every instrument, of every song. I'll never get tired of listening to it.
Steve Gadd, being one of of the greatest drummers ever, compliments Al wonderfully on this album.
I'd love to see today's "guitarists" even try to touch some of the rips Al pulls off. That would be hilarious. No one will ever be this great again. If you appreciate good guitar music, you've got to have this CD.
Al D and Bach, the two greatest musical geniuses in history.
The opening one-two punch of "Egyptian Danza" and "Chasin' the Voodoo" is probably a mistake. Not that these are bad songs, but they're just too similar - both feature fast-paced, relentlessly hard-driving rhythm tracks that back Al's most frenetic melody lines. Actually, these two pieces are my personal favorites, but on first listening they sounded too much alike, always a danger for instrumentalists. Next us is "Dark Eye Tango" which has a welcome slow groove that has Al's guitar singing a melody rather than screaming it, but a few minutes in the pace picks up and we're tearing along again. So while these really are three terrific tracks, they do leave the impression that Al's just a one-trick pony.
Having shot his wad so early on, the rest of this recording is a bit of a letdown. Al covers Chick Corea's "Senor Mouse" again, and the closer, "Casino" is eminently forgettable, but he redeems himself with the acoustic showcase "Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars". While maintaining the blazing energy levels of "Danza" and "Voodoo" in an acoustic format, this song suite shows Al's command of a breadth of styles that is not hinted at on the rest of this disk.Read more ›
"Egyptian Danza" isn't *that* much different from what Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow were doing at the time, however the difference lies in the guitar soloing from Al- he's stuck in an exceptionally melodic and jazzy groove, and I can't imagine Blackmore being able to pull off THIS kind of stuff. I can't stress enough just how melodic the guitar work is. From beginning to end, it's the kind of song anybody would like. You can almost dance to it! In fact I believe those are hand claps halfway through in between certain guitar lines. Interesting.
"Chasin' the Voodoo" focuses on a very fast rhythm and melodic guitar playing, and it's easily the fastest song here (and even a slight comparison to the two previous Al Di Meola albums wouldn't be out of the question either). If you believe this song resembles the legendary Carlos Santana, get ready- the rest of the album sounds similar to Santana as well. I mean that as a REALLY high compliment- the two guitarists have a tone that *sounds* alike, but Al Di Meola is focused more on displaying jazzy licks.
"Dark Eye Tango" brings me to tears somewhere halfway through. WOW is that gorgeous. The entire jam is sophisticated too, and the only time you recognize its melodic nature is after several playthroughs and several close listens. "Senor Mouse" sounds very familiar... oh right! Return to Forever!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the vinyl years ago and am glad to get this in CD Format. Still as good as it ever was.Published 4 months ago by Robert Ruth
Al DiMeola deserves his reputation as a fusion guitar god. This is a short but brilliant fusion classic that's a pleasure to own. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"
This is a spectacular piece of work from Al. Also, I was fortunate enough to have seen this concert live in Germany in '78.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Guitar is great and Al is getting to the point where the music as a whole is more important than his guitar parts.Published 13 months ago by Edmund Galicki Jr.
This album was my introduction to Al Dimeola, and it's still maybe my favorite of his. Great merging of fusion, rock, and latin styles. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steve