Return to Forever: Majestic Dance
Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior (Columbia CK 46109)
Composed by Al Di Meola.
Recorded: Nederland, Colorado, February 1976
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
Al Di Meola wrote the rocker "Majestic Dance." It is clearly designed as a guitar showcase, and Di Meola does not disappoint. But the tune has other worthwhile elements. Mile-a-minute unison runs and abrupt theme changes dominate. Corea seems at times to be using a sound patch that came from a kid's toy organ. Even then – on whatever instrument he is using – he manages to capture a bit of the Middle Ages vibe that is so much a part of this concept album. When he and Di Meola play in unison, the disparity between Di Meola's stinging electric guitar and Corea's innocent-sounding keyboards is quite contradictory. Contradiction can make for interesting listening. Corea often employs the marimba as well. The syncopated sections in which the marimba appears are somewhat similar to the music Frank Zappa was playing in those days with vibist Ruth Underwood. The tune is noteworthy for the group's intricacy, power and speed, and as an example of a relatively early Di Meola composition. That being said, though, "Majestic Dance" does lack focus and is easily forgotten.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky