Bang & Olufsen’s Living Room Tour – Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Wyclef Jean will be hosting a musical journey with Carlos Santana and his beloved guitar, one of the most recognizable sounds in popular culture. The first installment is set for release on December 9th, with more videos to come throughout December and January.

More information including exclusive pictures from Carlos Santana’s home with Wyclef Jean in Las Vegas can be found on the Bang and Olufsen Blog.

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Wings of Grace

The Santana compilation that provides quality reflection is Dance of the Rainbow Serpent a 1995 three CD box set. I love the cover art as well as the multi-color graphic images that grace the extensive booklet by Michael Rios
 
If I had to recommend one definitive Santana recording to own prior to Supernatural it would be this magnificent box set. Dance of the Rainbow Serpent is a special collection like a museum curator would put together for an exhibit. The packaging is superb as the 60 page booklet captivates the senses of Santana fans. I identify with the themes of the three CDs, Heart, Soul and Spirit. The music covers the Santana catalog including unreleased studio and live recordings from 1969 to 1995. 
The track from the box set that has captured my heart is, “Wings of Grace”. The live track on the Spirit CD was curated from the Santana Sacred Fire, Live In Mexico DVD recording. Michael Rios created this exciting cover as well as the stage art that serves as the backdrop for the concert in Mexico City.
Float your spirit on the “Wings of Grace”, Peace.

wings of grace (the dreamers)*

What shall we do with the dreams
Who see a world we can never know
Who have found a place of wonder
Where only children dare to go

What shall we do with the dreams
Whose world has no room for hate
Whose vision of tomorrow’s promise
Is so far removed from our fate

For they dream of a thousand tomorrows
Each one better than the one before
A future filled with compassion
For the tired, the weak, the hungry and the poor

What shall we do with the dreamers
Who no longer answer when we ask why
Who work to make their world better
And are unafraid to try

What shall we say to the dreamers
Whose lives make ours seem so bare
Who make us feel so empty
Because they dare to care

For they dream not of thing done before
But of the miracles which lie ahead
Of the needy who can be assisted
And the famished who can be fed

What shall we make of the dreamers
When they choose not to live as we
When they say our world has no meaning
As long as others are still not free

What shall we think of the dreamers
When they no longer listen to what we say
When their silence leaves us uneasy
And they refuse to go away

For they dream of fanciful figures
Poised in mid flight
Angels with wings of grace
Floating on the light

Messengers from the next world
So unfamiliar but yet not strange
Bringing word of the new world
The beginning of the change

*Poem by Hal Miller © 1994

Instrumental Songwriting Team
Santana, Carlos, Thompson, Chester

© 1993 Carlos Santana/Light Music/Micache Music/Stellabella Music/Champ Jacob Music/Urmila Music

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The Universal Tone, My Life By Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana will release his biography, The Universal Tone, My Life on November 4, 2014. The book will be published by Little, Brown and Company, a publishing group of Hachette Book Group.

The intimate and long-awaited memoir of guitar legend Carlos Santana

In the realm of guitar gods, Santana stands alone for what’s come to be called his “universal tone”-both the fact that you can recognize a Santana song from just one note and the fact that Santana is well known to believe music and soul are interconnected.

In the category of major rock memoirs yet undone, this is at the top-a big autobiography by one of the most mysterious and influential musicians of the last 50 years.

From growing up dirt poor in Mexico and suffering abuse to becoming a lowly dishwasher in the US with a hot guitar hand, to a person whom you might almost think is perpetually in a state of nirvana or at least bliss, this is the story of a fascinating man who brings the ideal combination of storytelling gold and a major marketing machine.

This is one of the most sensory (and sensual) major rock bios you’ll ever read. His voice comes through, it’s deeply honest and frank, and from imagining the wisps of smoke from a long gone Miles Davis before Carlos’s shows to describing the depths of his connection to sound, Santana brings a remarkable book to his huge following this fall.

Collaborators

The C in Carlos stands for collaboration. The Santana album, Supernatural commenced Carlos Santana’s collaboration era. All of his next albums evidence that cooperative spirit. It stands to reason that Carlos Santana would collaborate his personal journey with his two close music writer/historian friends, Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller. Carlos Santana, Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller share a common bond, the spirit of jazz embodied by Mr. Miles Davis and Mr. John Coltrane. I feel it is important that my readers gain an appreciation for the backgrounds of these two prominent music journalists. It will increase your anticipation of the quality of the biography we will receive later this year.

I also point you to a Web article about Ashley Kahn interviewing Carlos Santana at the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014.

Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn has authored three of the best jazz books you will ever read. Two of those three books are about major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Each book is a masterpiece of research, rich in history and facts about these classic recordings. I own both books, signed and I love to read them as I listen to these two amazing albums to gain more insight about the respective jazz geniuses.

Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, foreword by Jimmy Cobb, 2001, Da Capo Press, USA, ISBN 0-306-81067-0

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, foreword by Elvin Jones, 2002 for the first edition, Viking Penguin, USA, ISBN 0-670-03136-4

The third jazz book covers the definitive jazz label, Impulse Records. Nate Chinen just wrote a fantastic article in the New York Times about Impulse Records resurgence.

 

The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. (2006) W. W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-05879-4

Ashley Kahn is also a prolific liner note writer for a variety of music reissue labels, for which he has earned three ASCAP/Deems Taylor awards, and two Grammy nominations.

Ashley Kahn presently is an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching various courses for the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I’d love to attend one of his courses.

Hal Miller

Hal Miller is a longtime personal friend of Carlos Santana. Hal Miller is Carlos’s documentarian. Hal is a subject matter authority on Carlos Santana and the world of jazz. Hal has authored insightful liner notes for recordings in the Santana catalogue. Hal’s liner notes proved noteworthy for the Santana reissues, Caravanserai, Love Devotion and Surrender, and Moonflower.

Hal Miller has documented many of the Santana concert tours which you can read on the Santana.com Tour Blog. Hal Miller is also a great photographer, look here for you many of his Santana photographs.

Hal Miller shuns publicity on the InterWeb which I respect about him. This Website had the best tribute and information links about Hal.

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Armando Peraza Enters The Light

I was saddened to learn that Armando Peraza, legendary jazz percussionist and master conguero passed away yesterday. I loved his sense of timing in conjunction with his percussive knack.
Here he is performing “Armando’s Groove” with Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow.
My greatest teacher/mentor/role model
Crossed over the other side tonight
He is now light only …no more in the body
He is free from gravity and time
Immortality is his playground Infinity is his domain
Thank you for all and everything
Dearest Armando Peraza
Be with GOD and the angels Dear one
Peace
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Victory Is Won – Santana

The art of the instrumental can be powerfully felt through tight musicianship and coordinating playing. The instrumental track, “Victory is Won” highlights the drumming of Dennis Chambers (love the rolls at the end) along with how well Chester Thompson dances his fingers across his Hammond B3 organ. Carlos Santana tops things off with his glass slide technique down the neck of his Paul Reed Smith. Benny Rietveld plays bass. This four piece ensemble recorded many of the Shape Shifter album tracks together.

There are two ways I love to hear this instrumental performed. The first is to play the instrumental recording from the Santana Shaman audio compact disk.

The second way is live. My wife and I attended the November 1, 2005 Webcast Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, in celebration of  the Santana album, All That I Am launch. It was an all star evening with special guests Robert Randolph and Anthony Hamilton who are on that album. Clive Davis was there sitting in the opera booth and we walked behind him when the crowd let out 🙂

We witnessed a great rendition of “Victory Is Won” as we stood very close to the stage that night. Trust me it was as cool as the video evidences.

 

 

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Santana Soulful Heart – Illinois Entertainer

The Web houses in its nook and crannies perceptive sources of music journalism. My browser and the Google search engine uncovered a well curated, free digital music publication, Illinois Entertainer.

I was happy to find this Midwest music monthly that published a well stated article about Carlos Santana. The article is titled, “Santana Soulful Heart” by Bruce Pilato.

The article also has an interview with Gloria Estefan who is one of the artists on the new All Latin Rock recording from Santana entitled Corazon.

You can download a PDF edition of the April issue with Carlos Santana on the cover here.

Carlos

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