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Al DiMeola


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.01 | 101 ratings

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3 stars Back to 90's, this album was for me an introduction to the music of Al di Meola. After hearing more of his albums, I know this one is not his masterpiece, but still it is very memorable to me. Al uses a lot of acoustics guitar in this album, and most of the songs have a good theme. Those are among best parts of this album.

At least there are two tracks that in my opinion should be listed among Al di Meola's best songs. The first is 'Alien Chase on Arabian Desert'. This nearly 9-minute composition with Latin rock flavor, some progressive elements and mood changes. Al uses both acoustics and electric guitars.

The second is Al duet with Chick Corea in 'Two for Tango'. I really love the chemistry between them. This song has a nice theme, which is played in several different keys and paces. Al uses a lot of fast-picked muted notes and overdubbed counterpoint with lovely piano arrangement by Chick Corea.

There are other memorable tracks like 'Silent Story in Her Eyes', 'Isfahan', 'Splendido Sundace' and lovely 'Bianca's Midnight Lullaby'.

Good album with at least two brilliant songs (.. and three stars).

Mark-P | 3/5 |


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