It's a pity the virtuosity and artistic brilliance which once inspired John McLaughlin and Miles Davis, and gave to the world fusion classics such as `Caravanserai', `Welcome' and `Borboletta' is now reduced to this.
`Corazon' deploys the guest-star format adopted by so many artists in recent years (from Moby to Morcheeba to the late, great John Lee Hooker). The 12 songs each feature a different singer/guest artist: Samuel Rosa; Vincentico; Javany Xavier/Ximena Munoz; Romeo Santos; Ziggy Marley & Gloria Estefan (believe it or not, Gloria's contribution is one of the album's better moments), and others.
None of these songs are very memorable, let alone destined to be `classics'. The overall impression is of low-brow Latin-American pop music, punctuated with occasional moments of messy production and surprisingly harsh sound. `Oye 2014' is particularly excruciating: stick to the original `Oye Como Va', please.
Carlos is well into middle-age with his sharp edge blunted years ago, but his guitar licks remain unmistakable: if you heard any of these songs booming out of an open car window, the ID of the guitarist would be recognisable immediately. Unfortunately without Carlos' name and `brand' attached to this collection, it would be destined for immediate bargain-bin obscurity.
The packaging looks like a garish advertisement for a down-market Mexican restaurant: primary colours festooned with Aztec motifs in a (what looks like hallucinogen-inspired) 1970s pop art style.
Trying to be positive, a few of these numbers may play well in the salsa clubs and make good party music. Also on the plus side, proceeds from sales will go to the Milagro Foundation, Carlos's charity established in 1998 dedicated to the health and education of underprivileged children, so some small good may result from this depressing and unremarkable dross.