Live At The 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival Live
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It began almost as a lark when Carlos Santana encountered his longtime friend and hero Wayne Shorter on the concert trail in Atlanta, GA, in 1987. Carlos said, "Let's start a rumor that we're putting a band together."Wayne's eyes got bigger and brighter as he smiled and then responded: "Yeah, Carlos, let's start a rumor."
A few months later the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Band performed its debut concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco, the beginning of a 26-concert tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. The performance of this magnificent band was recorded at Montreux, Switzerland, on July 14, 1988, and includes interviews with Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and festival creator Claude Nobs.
DISC 1: Spiritual - Peraza - Shhh - Incident at Neshabur - Elegant People - Goodness & Mercy - Sanctuary
DISC 2: For Those Who Chant - Blues for Salvador - FIreball 2000 - Ballroom in the Sky - Once It's Gotcha - Mandela - Deeper, Dig Deeper - Europa.
Musicians: Carlos Santana - guitar / Wayne Shorter - saxophone / Chester Thompson - keyboards / Patrice Rushen - keyboards / Alphonso Johnson - bass / Armando Peraza - congas / Jose Chepito Areas - timbales / Leon "Ndugu" Chancler - drums
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I am a huge fan of Santana's early albums when he was very hip to Jazz Fusion and releasing some amazing albums between year 1972 and 1973; and since I am into fusion, no need to say Wayne Shorter's music has always been in my CD collection as well.
This new release is as I expected it to be; main in Jazz Fusion, salsa with a light addition of some rock tunes; also a great reminder of an old 1972 release for Santana called: "Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles! Live."
All 18 tracks are very well performed; CS's Guitar is all over the place, WS is doing a great job same as the entire band. The recording is nicely done giving a good result on a High Fidelity Audio system.
A Live double CD, full of great tunes, well, well worth buying.
If you are into Jazz Fusion and Carlos Santana, check these old releases; Great Stuff
1. Santana and John McLaughlin: Love, Devotion and Surrender. 1972
2. Santana and Buddy Miles: Live. 1972
3. Santana: Caravanserai. 1972
4. Santana: Welcome. 1973
5. Santana: Illuminations. 1974
6. Santana: Oneness. 1979
Patrice Rushen, who started her carrer as a fusion/jazz painist, is the soloist who really steals the show with her fiery improvizations - she is an amazingly versatile ansd passionate player - a master of the piano and the synthesizers. Speaking of mastery, Chester Thompson pours out some of the hottest solos of his career. He has deeply absorbed McCoy Tyner's style and it comes out particularly strong in his piano playing. No need to add anything about Wayne Shorter, other than that he is a universally acknowledged genuis and his compositions form the backbone of this great show.
To summarize, in my opinion this is the best fusion supergroup the other side of the Return to Forever reunion, and a must own for any serious fusion fan.
All the best elements of Santana's playing such as the blues, jazz, and latin mix is present with the added bonus of the great Wayne Shorter.
The only regret is you have to go back to 1988 to find this great music, as currently Santana is "on hiatus."
It will take years for the full artistic impact of this recording to be evaluated because that's the nature of important art. It's not fast food. Here are fourteen tracks of some of the most challenging music ever put together in one package; if you already love this music, one track will wipe you out.
The insults other reviewers have heaped on the musicians here are unwarranted, ill-informed and ugly. Each artist performs at their best in this effort, and where they don't, it's not for lack of trying. jose carrillo, "flutetalker" seattle, ca, u.s.a.
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