Carlos Santana Presents Blues at Montreux 2004: Buddy Guy, Clarence Gatemouth Brown
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/ Disc 1
1. Straight up No Chaser
2. Break it Up
3. Breaking up Somebody's Home
4. Nothing but the Blues
5. So Glad I Found You
6. I Ain't Superstitious
7. It's Unfair
8. Going Down Slow
9. Chill Out 10. Mellow Down Easy
11. Watch Your Step /
1. Bits and Pieces
2. Strange Things Happen
3. I'm Beginning to See the Light
4. Sunrise Cajun Style
5. Honey Boy
6. Further on up the Road
7. I've Got My Mojo Working
9. Grape Jelly
10. Okie Dokie Stomp /
1. Good Morning Little School Girl
2. Louise McGhee
3. Done Got Old
4. Hoochie Coochie Man
5. Fever 6. Drowning on Dry Land 7. Stormy Monday 8. Jam Session 1
9. So Many Roads, So Many Trains 10. Jam Session 2
Top Customer Reviews
The other 2 DVD's are great, especially Gatemoth Brown. The man is old, but he his playing is fluid, simplistic, and bone cutting. While I wished he played more guitar than fiddle (which he is a killer fiddler), he lets his sax man carry on through much of his set. The jam with Santana at the end is a highlight as Buddy Guy even comes out to try Santana's guitar.
Lastly is Buddy Guy. Buddy Guy is a legend, and the most well known of the 3 blues masters appearing this night. He's a household name. He starts out acoustically for 3 songs which are unbelievable. Unfortunately, since Buddy Guy is well known, watching and listening to Buddy Guy I feel like he is the Jimmy Buffet of the blues. I mean that when he's on full on band mode, it's a party and everyone is invited to come on up and jam. And that's exactly what happens at the end of the show (minus Gatemouth). Santana, Buddy, Bobby Parker, Nile Rodgers, and Barbara Morrison just have a fun, flat out 30 minute jam at the end. While it's not as hot as it had the potential to be, it's not a dud by any means, in fact, once Buddy Guy leaves the stage, Bobby Parker takes over, and just lights it up like he did earlier.
If anyone appreciates deep Southern American blues, get this. For fans of Santana this is a no brainer to pick up.
In my eyes, Santana redeems himself a little here with this hat trick. He doesn't dominate the action, he merely participates on a couple of songs with each headliner and in my opinion even adds to them. So the focus should not be on Santana at all even though he "presents" this set, it should be on the principal performers, Buddy Guy, Gatemouth Brown, and Bobby Parker.
My favorite performances are actually in the order of the presentation of the discs. I did not know of Bobby Parker before but was spellbound by his electrifying performance. He played as if playing for a prize. His entire band is good but I note in particular the play of drummer Dion Clay and Dane Russel on harmonica. Parker's entire set is good, but a couple songs really stand out. Those are: Nothing But the Blues, Its Unfair, and Watch Your Step.
As for Gatemouth Brown, I expected a lot from him. I've seen him in concert at small clubs many times and he always put on a tremendous show. He is probably the most musically eclectic of the three featured artists and he shows some of that here.Read more ›
The Old Heads are all accomplished and succesful leaders in their own right but I believe this CD to not be representative of their legendary status. Gatemouth Brown starts out first and plays a percussive quickly picked style that is difficult for Santana to jam with. The songs are his personal blues testimony but to me they all sound very much alike. There is even a point at the end of his set where he has his guitar set up wrong and is playing in the wrong key for like half the song before the bass player straightens him out. Bobby Parker is next and to me is the highlght of the CD. His style is more complimentary to Santanas and he has an all out approach to soloing which is fun to watch. Their set is the most entertaining of the three to me. However, Parker has the extremely naive habit of adjusting his tuning while he's playing and thinking its OK (its not-nuffsaid) and that discredits his professionalism in my opinion.
Lastly is Buddy Guy and he is a respected player with whom I am most familiar. I have heard some of his performances in the past and was struck by how soulful and beautiful he played. That is not the case here. He plays so softly in a clean tone that it is difficult to even hear him at all. Then when he hits his effects pedal its so loud that its just plain wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great great great.....carlos brought these guys together for one of the best blues shows your going to see.... Read morePublished 15 days ago by joseph szepesi
I really enjoyed the shorter 1 disc version of this on a cable channel and had to have this one so I can see the entire set by each one these very talented artist jamming with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicholson, kevin
I never felt like this really got going. Not a good representation of Santana style music.Published 3 months ago by William P. Loiacano
If you like the blues, you will like this disc set. Every performer on this set is fantastic. You already know the guitar players are great. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jaccss
I enjoy watching live performances of these guys (Buddy Guy, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Bobby Parker...along with Carlos and other musician friends that appear). Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Alaskajack