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Al Di Meola


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.55 | 119 ratings

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3 stars Electric Rendezvous constituted a return to form after the momentary lapse of quality and urgency that was Splendido Hotel. Still, this album is not quite up to par with the excellent duo of Casino and Elegant Gypsy. While listening to this album you notice that it was recorded in the 80's. But Electric Rendezvous does not feature the worst kind of 80's production values. The Latin percussion and other acoustic instruments create a warm, organic sound absent on many 80's releases. As the name implies though this is a much more electric album than Splendido Hotel. The electric guitar sound and playing often remind me of Steve Morse, especially on the opening track and the up beat Cruisin'.

All the instruments are very well played, and even if this is guitar dominated music it has a full band sound and feeling much like his early albums. Di Meolas acoustic side is also represented with the once again Flamenco flavoured Passion, Grace And Fire. And the the balance between the fiery Fusion rockers and the more mellow Somalia and Jewel Inside A Dream is great. It feels like his heart is once again in it.

Good Fusion.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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