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blast from the past
on 13 September 2013
This is a real treat for fans of the jazzier side of santana ,and especially not to be missed by anyone interested in the earlier work of john mclaughlin .The concert is loosely based around the 1973 album love devotion and surrender , plus several tracks that fit very well into that style of devotional music(mainly tunes by pharoah sanders and miles davis plus two tracks by tony williams lifetime), there is also a medley of tunes by dylan,led zep and a jig , which are different to say the least(its quite odd hearing mclaughlin jamming in his inimitable style to stairway to heaven).The band are on excellent form ,with two drummers , including carlos new wife
Cindy blackwood ,also two bassists . Dave matthews on keyboards is very versatile getting the authentic sounds to accompany each tune and playing with a lot of enthusiasm(lets hope he will influence any new music by santana who have been a bit flat recently(except for when they play live).The concert is dedicated to Claude of the montreal jazz festival , who organised the concert , and who obviously genuinely loved these musicians(he died this year apparently)and he is invited onto the stage for the last track to jam on his blues harmonica.As well as being great music and interesting to watch ,this is also a very happy concert and everybody seems to be enjoying it ,especially Carlos who acts as the band conductor as they onviously did ,nt have lots of rehearsal time.this is a great dvd and will be quite educational to new fans of santana who may think santana are a pop band with guitar.