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Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars Santana pushes the boundaries of Latin rock and ambitions further on this release.

The beginning of this album is like from a keyboard progressive rock world with epic chords. Restrained guitar joins this rather symphonic piece with a lot of hectic cymbals and percussions. Love, Devotion and Surrender sounds like a light- weight track due to its optimistic melody and male/female vocals but an attentive listener discovers busy bass guitar, subtle Rhodes textures and amicable Hammond. The title seems to be spiritually connected to the previous work with McLaughlin.

"Samba de Sausalito" is a jazz exploration in Latin area, the bass and keyboards deserve recognition for their challenging play, interestingly, guitar is not hearable here.

"When I look into your eyes" is jazz-Latin-soul pop crossover track with a pleasant vocal, soothing flute solo. However, there is one large change in the last 2 minutes of the track when it slips into acrobatic complex rhythmic section with bass and drums that dominate even over meditative jazzy guitar.

"Yours is the light" will please fans of Latin jazz with ethereal female vocals, soothing Rhodes, quite similar to Return to Forever, only less virtuosity on keyboards (Corea is a different level ;-)). Guitar playing is inspired and the intesity matches the song.

"Mother Africa" leaves the familiar Latin territory to deep dive into African world musical, although percussions could be attributed to stay in Latin America. This is a pure fusion track enriched by excellent saxophones and jazzy piano in the background. Later on, the track gets more streamlined with focus on drums and percussions.

"Flame sky" is a wonderful 11-minute fusion spiritual trip into jamming. All players deliver a fantastic job but I like Santana's playing, he's excelling here with his jazz-oriented playing.

If you liked the previous two albums by Santana, then you must go for this one, too.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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