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A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner and virtuoso of the highest order, Di Meola has also been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with over 20 recordings as a leader. His creative output to date is staggering, whether it's with his current World Sinfonia band or past musical endeavors like his electric Tour de Force group with Jan ... Read more in Amazon's Al Di Meola Store

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMYCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Egyptian Danza
2. Chasin' the Voodoo
3. Dark Eye Tango
4. Señor Mouse
5. Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars: Viva la Danzarina/Guitars of the ...
6. Casino

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If you appreciate guitar at all you'll love this CD.
Francine Oliveira
Chasin' The Voodoo: This song is really good especially the drumming, beats, loops, and synthesizers that enhance the guitar playing.
C. Butigan
Casino and Elegant Gypsy Suite are his two best albums.
Paul Pendleton

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Örn Leifsson on September 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that turned my attention to the fabulous world of fusion music (Santana's albums had been preparing me a bit). My Dad bought this album in 1979 and I was listening mainly to Queen,Santana and Rick Wakeman in those days and I remember hearing the first song on the album, Egyptian Danza and was astounded, this was amazing playing, the beauty of his tone, the incredible technique and all those great melodies and rhythms, I have been an Al Di Meola's fan ever since. After I heard that album I turned my attention to his two previous albums The Land of the Midnigt Sun and Elegant Gypsy (which I think is his ultimate masterpiece and one of the great fusion classics of the 70's) and also to Return to Forever which introduced me to the excellent works of Chick Corea and then on to other great fusion masters like John Mclaughlin and Weather Report.
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brandon S. on February 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I listened some more to this CD, gave it a year to sink in, and found that it is more enjoyable after repeated listenings. I really like the tune "Dark Eyed Tango", especially when the percussion starts getting funky and does that bouncing effect in the speakers, and Al blazes through it with gracefulness, it's just very cool. "Chasin the Voodoo" and "Fantasia Suite" are still my favorites, but I found that this is better music than I had thought it to be at the time I wrote my last review for it. Very good music, there's a reason why it sold so well. I think that this CD would be a good starting point for rock guitar fans to start out into jazz, the latin beats and the solos and drumming are very accessible to people who are familiar with Santana and other groups from the 70's. Thank you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pendleton on October 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Al D is awesome. I was introduced to this album when I was getting my music (percussion) degree in the early 80's. The first time I heard it, I was in awe at Al's speed, melodic interpretation, use of modes and abnormal scalar patterns, and his use of staccato. If you don't understand music theory, you might not fully appreciate his genius, but you'll be dazzled and enthralled by his talent and the quality of this music.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Al's credentials as a master guitarist are unassailable. While this may not be his best work overall, the uninitiated can count on dazzling speed combined with crystalline clarity. If you've never heard Al's work, the closest comparison might be Carlos Santana's jazz albums, without the pop/rock influence. The production is extremely clean and polished, and the arrangements are very tight, so jazz enthusiasts who like their music warm and loose and mellow may be disappointed here. That said, no serious aficionado of jazz fusion guitar will want to miss this recording.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on November 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The best way to describe Casino would be like this- while the guitar playing isn't nearly as flashy, speedy or jazzy as the first two Al Di Meola albums, the songwriting is what *totally* makes this album a masterpiece. Some of the most absolutely gorgeous and melodic guitar jamming I've ever experienced.

"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!
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