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SANTANA BROTHERS

Carlos Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.43 | 32 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Although Carlos doesn't place this album in his solo album discography in his own website, this would be the best place to file it and therefore it would be the last solo album (to my knowledge, anyway) and it is rather a worthy one to. The album unites Carlos with his brother Jorge and his nephew Jorge Hernandez, all three guitarists. So obviously you would expect a guitar feast, and in some ways, this is one. But hardly a stupid union of guitar shredders, this album is full of delicate ambiances, a subtle marriage of styles and influences. The mystic artwork gracing the booklet might be a little overdone, but overall, this might be Carlos better 90's moment.

Starting with the superb transcendental Transmutation all the way through the superb (if very slightly cheesy) rendition of Joachim Rodrigo's Aranjuez, the early part of the album is close to excellent. The musical direction after that tends to meander a bit aimlessly, but the albums remains quite agreeable and glides effortlessly and smoothly onwards until its very low-key end with the diminutive (and weakest) Morning In Marin (County, I suppose). One of the main (positive) characteristics of this album is that the usual 80's-early 90's drums sounds is absent from this disc, which had not been the case in Carlos's band output. Another amusing thing to guess blindly who is playing which part (Carlos' are relatively easy to pick out) and you'll surprised to find out that talent is a family trait.

While not absolutely essential, Brother's is probably Santana's best album (both solo and group) since 83's Shango, even if his solo career is more even than the group's discography, this album gets a solid three stars, and clinching the half-star on top.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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