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Santana - Borboletta CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.66 | 169 ratings

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The Quiet One
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4 stars Caravanserai Part 2

With the departure of core member, Gregg Rolie, and rhythm guitarist, Tom Schon, the Santana band seemed to have suffered a big loss, but for the fans amusement, Santana managed to release yet another great jazz fusion album that resembled the percussive and atmospheric fest of the masterful Caravanserai.

Tom Coster, lead keyboardist of the new line-up, filled Rolie's shoes perfectly; playing abundant Hammond- Organ, and occasionally some great electric piano fills. The rest of the band is pretty much the same that played in Caravanserai, the sole exception being new lead vocalist, Leon Patillo, who does a great job, however at first listens you'll find his vocals hard to get into since he's stylistically different to Gregg's splendid singing.

As for what Borboletta presents, it's another top-notch performance of latin-inflected jazz rock with great emotional and funky bits. The album is meant to be listened all through without detracting from a song that is because the songs flow one to the other smoothly, just like in Caravanserai. Borboletta's highlight is certainly the continuity of Here and Now/Flor de Canela/Promise of a Fisherman, 13 minutes of Santana at his finest.

Borboletta, however, is not a carbon-copy of Caravanserai. One of the main differences is the already mentioned new vocalist, Leon Patillo, who presents a more accessible sound. Also, there's the occasional appearance of the saxophone which adds an even jazzier feel.

Overall this is a must-have for Santana fans, and it's another excellent addition to your jazz-rock collection.

The Quiet One | 4/5 |


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