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5.0 out of 5 stars How to make sounds and influence senses., 17 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Borboletta (Audio CD)
Advice for those pondering over buying this:

This wasn't the first Santana album I purchased (it won't be the last either) but it sat on my wanted list for quite some time.

Boy do I wish I'd bought it sooner.

The album is book-ended by two very percussive and imaginative pieces, "Spring Manifestations" and "Borboletta". I make no apologies for the following cliches - but the rest of the ambum is a wonderfully colourful, vibrant mix of latin jazz infused funk and rhythm. But that doesn't mean it isn't accessible. Borboletta is not jazz fusion taken to the extreme. Each song flows into the next, driven forward by an incredibly uplifting and dynamic tapestry of drums, congas, and terrific musicianship all over. Santana's searing guitar playing is held in check throughout - being unleashed on only a few tracks. This is no bad thing thought as the rest of the musicians deliver in spades, and the melting pot of styles takes the listener on a real journey into their imagination.

I haven't enjoyed the first listen of an album so much in a very long time. Borboletta is a fascinating experience which is full of colourful, life and and and a joie de vivre rarely found at this level. I agree with other reviewers that the cover art does reflect the beauty (and abstractness) of the music within - but still doesn't quite do it justice. Perhaps some of the magic is also amplified by the distance between Glasgow and Southern California/Mexico - and also by 25 years of change. Whatever it is, it works.

Borboletta is a musical gem. It may be billed as "latin-jazz-fusion-funk-whatever" (!!) - but to me it's simply fantastic music. I would recommend it to anybody interested in expanding their horizons into jazz/latino or fusion for the first time.
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