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Al Di MeolaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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: #33,077 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh I say! what a fabulous fun this is Al! 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 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-Review 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 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar God October 4, 2000
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso performance by a jazz/fusion master 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
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR DiMEOLA FANS! October 3, 2004
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Al DiMeola is a wizard of flashing fusion electric guitar and is also a master as an acoustic player with an eagerness to explore other cultural music stylings. He broke out in the music scene when he joined the great Return To Forever in 1974 and immediately became a very influential fusion guitarist. Though with his great talent, he was criticized early in his career that he overplayed with an excess on notes and lacked true feeling in his playing.

After his short time with the short-lived Return To Forever and due to their breakup, DiMeola led his own groups, alternating between electric and acoustical guitar throughout his career.

"Casino" was his 3rd solo outing released in 1977 and showed that he was progressively maturing as a musician and playing with much improved feeling and growth since his Return For Forever days showed in all of the compositions here with distinct strength and diversity. Several tracks are ripping, straight ahead fusion/rock assaults. "Fantasia Suite For Two Guitars" displays his masterful acoustical guitar talents while his growing affection for flamenco is displayed as well.

Truely a recommended CD of his for your listening pleasure !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70s fusion
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
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Published 2 months ago by SL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy Al Di Meola's music.
Published 3 months ago by PAUL ZELINSKAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Al DiMeola is a guitar master. If you are looking for a feast for your ears; buy this and you will be happy.
Published 13 months ago by Rhonda Vari
5.0 out of 5 stars Got It All Together
He continue to be one of the best. And the other musicians that play with him are just as good.
Published 15 months ago by cthebyrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Does It Again!
A relative late comer to Al DiMeola's solo career (really don't know why that it exactly), I am surprised at the new and wonderful qualities I find in his music each time I listen... Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Al's Best Latin Fusion Albums
Steve Gadd: the king of the jazz fusion drum set, must be on more great pieces of music than any other jazz musician. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Hornell Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one !!!!!!!
If you haven't heard this guy you've got to get some or atleast one to see for yourself you'll love it I'm guessing !!!!
Published on December 16, 2011 by Ballsy
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing surprise
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... Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk About a Musician that is Far Far Ahead of His Time!
My God. No matter how many times I listen to this CD, I don't get sick of it and always amazes me. As the name says, this Casino is definitely a winner. Read more
Published on September 1, 2010 by Zedicus
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