DVD Review ? Santana: Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreaux 2004


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Hymns For Peace: Live at Montreux
2004
Eagle Vision USA (801213914494)

Grade: ****

As the vast number of players he has worked with in his decades-long career suggests, Carlos Santana likes working with musicians from various musical genres. He is also an outspoken advocate for world peace.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the legendary guitarist took the stage at the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival to perform a concert of songs about peace and understanding with a slew of special guests.

For this outing, Santana forsakes currently hot popsters in favor of jazz greats (Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter) and pop/rock icons (Steve Winwood, Nile Rodgers, etc.).

The ?Hymns for Peace? are various pop standards that Santana and company attack with a vengeance. While ?Give Peace a Chance,? ?Imagine,? ?People Get Ready,? ?What?s Going On? and ?Just Like a Woman? are familiar to many listeners, they?ve been ?Santana-ized? with Latin and jazz rhythms and extended jams.

For longtime listeners who fear Carlos Santana?s more recent Top 40 pop excursions have dulled his ability to play, the master still cooks. As a matter of fact, he?s jamming better than ever.

Simply put, the concert rocks!

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