SANTANA - HYMNS FOR PEACE [Blu-ray]
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On July 15, 2004, Santana took to the stage in Montreux accompanied by a stunning line-up of guests to perform a concert of songs about peace and understanding that they dubbed "Hymns For Peace". Joining the regular Santana line-up in the band were Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane and Idrissa Diop with further guest appearances through the night from Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, Sylver Sharp, Steve Winwood and Nile Rodgers.
1) Afro Blue
3) Redemption Song
4) Exodus / Get Up Stand Up
5) Blowin' In The Wind / A Place In The Sun
6) Just Like A Woman
7) What's Going On
8) Peace On Earth / Boogie Woman
9) Why Can't We Live Together
10) Light At The Edge Of The World
11) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
12) Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
13) Day Of Celebration
14) Ah Sweet Dancer / In A Silent Way
16) A Love Supreme
17) Ode To Joy
1) One Love / People Get Ready
3) Give Peace A Chance.
Behind The Scenes footage and interview with Carlos Santana.
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In this 2004 concert, Santana assembles an impressive cast of guest stars, mostly jazz musicians, for an extravaganza that covers rock, jazz, reggae, blues, soul, pop, and concludes with a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven. This is the first time I've seen jazz luminaries like Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter jam on pieces like Bob Marley's "Exodus" and Santana's "Jingo". The distinction between musical labels is rapidly erased, and the result is a heady brew.
Of course, this approach isn't for everyone. If you're looking for a Santana concert, this isn't it. There's very little Santana material; the rest is covers, ranging from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. There is one piece from "Supernatural" (a magnificent Celebration Day), plus "Jingo" and the obscure "Let the Music Speak for Itself." For a traditional Santana concert, try Supernatural Live or Sacred Fire (a concert recorded a few years before Supernatural).
With so many performers involved, the result could have been a disastrous mess, but it all works smoothly, and the 2 hr. 40 min. concert goes by quickly. (There are three additional tracks under the bonus features, covering Bob Marley's "One Love" and John Lennon's "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance.") Not every track is gripping, and I imagine I'll skip a couple the next time I watch it. But most of it is exhilirating.
The Blu-Ray disc looks and sounds spectacular, which adds to the fun.
Again, this is not a Santana concert in the ordinary sense, but if you're interested in an eclectic blend of diverse musical styles, featuring some of the world's finest musicians, you should give this one a try.
The set list follows.
Exodus/Get Up Stand Up
Blowin' In The Wind/A Place In The Sun
Just Like A Woman
What's Going On
Peace On Earth/Boogie Woman
Why Can't We Live Together
Light At The Edge Of The World
Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
Banana Boat Song
Day Of Celebration
Ah Sweet Dance/In A Silent Way
A Love Supreme
Ode To Joy
The blu-ray has three bonus songs.
Give Peace A Chance
This concert is composed of an ensemble of many different peoples and singers. It's a bit different. There's no overall lead singer. In general, different people sing different songs, and a song may have a few singers taking turns. A few songs are instrumentals. Artists include Carlos Santana, along with the Santana Band. Keep in mind that this is not a Carlos Santana concert. He is only one of many artists. Other artists include Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and many others.
The concert almost feels like an impromptu jam session. When you first watch this concert, and if you are not used to Jazz, (or are acquainted only with traditional Jazz), you may not understand or appreciate it. But when you get to know this ecletic music, you begin to appreciate this style of American Jazz with various elements thrown in the mix.
This concert was filmed in July of 2004 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, at Auditorium Stravinski, located in Montreaux, Switzerland. At 2 hours, 39 minutes, consider this concert a mini-jazz festival in itself.