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Al DiMeola


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.81 | 168 ratings

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4 stars If you enjoy pure exciting electric fusion, then Casino is one of the best of Al DiMeola's solo albums. While the compositions and performances are not quite up to the level of a Return To Forever album, they are pretty close.

The best song, and closest to RTF style is the opening track, Egyptian Danza. This song is intricate, exotic and highly complex. This song would feel right at home on any of the classic RTF albums. If only Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd and Barry Miles had the technique of Clarke, White and Corea. But this is a superb song nonetheless.

The remainder of the album, save for one flamenco style song, is highly competant latin tinged electric fusion. It is all played well, and highly entertaining, but for some reason I always feel like there's something missing from the title track, "Casino". It just seems to have less energy than it shoud.

However, this is a fine album, and I highly recommend it.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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