Legendary musician Carlos Santana will launch a dramatic new EP, In Search Mona Lisa, on January 25th Concord Records. On three spellbinding and transportive new songs, the a number of GRAMMY-winning guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Fame inductee takes listeners inside a magical and deeply private expertise he had when he visited the Louvre Museum for the primary time and set his eyes on Leonardo da Vinci’s beguiling masterpiece.
In all the years that the guitar icon had visited Paris, he had by no means been to the Louvre, however on a latest day f whereas on tour, he determined to go to the museum along with his spouse, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and his household. All it took was one look into the implacable eyes the Mona Lisa for Santana to really feel as if one thing unusual and highly effective was happening.
As he remembers, “I heard her say to me, ‘Hi.’ It was beautiful, and I didn’t know what to say again, so I simply stated, ‘Hi.’ And then she stated, ‘Do you keep in mind me? When we have been lovers in one other time?’ It was probably the most unimaginable prevalence, and in a approach, it was type good that I had by no means been to the Louvre earlier than, as a result of this may not have occurred at one other time. I needed to be who I'm now, realizing that God is all over the place and that He was saying, ‘I really like you,’ by sending me this message inspiration and visualization.”
The expertise got here flooding again to Santana months later, when he awoke from a dream with the lyrics to what would grow to be the songs “In Search Mona Lisa” and “Do You Remember Me” totally fashioned in his thoughts. “It was the primary time that I ever awoke and lyrics have been there in a tangible approach,” he reveals. “I might simply seize them and write the songs.”
Much in the identical approach that the Mona Lisa requested, “Do you keep in mind me?” Santana begins the music the identical title with a placing guitar determine, an invite to bop. Once the band kicks in with a swish Afro-Cuban groove (courtesy Cindy on drums, with Karl Perazzo on congas, timbales and percussion), Santana opens up on a full 5 minutes some his most beautiful soloing but – his lead strains are stinging, teasing, crying and sensuous – earlier than singers Andy Vargas and Ray Greene take over.
Remarkably, the music was captured in a single take during which Santana and his band recorded with Rick Rubin on the famend producer’s Shangri-la Studio in Malibu. “Miles Davis and Bob Dylan all the time stated that the primary take is the very best, and I've to agree,” Santana says. “You can hear the innocence within the music. That’s a nutrient that’s lacking on this planet proper now.”
The EP’s title monitor units a completely totally different temper. Santana had proven his lyrics for “In Search Mona Lisa” to a number of GRAMMY and Emmy-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (whose repute as a powerhouse drummer started with a stint within the Mahavishu Orchestra), who recommended a Bo Diddley-esque rhythm. “I wasn’t anticipating that, however I instantly preferred the concept,” Santana says. With Walden rocking a rave-up drumbeat (he additionally overdubbed bass and keyboards), Santana lets unfastened with biting, wah-drenched call-and-response phrases with singer Cornell “CC” Carter earlier than he takes flight on an impassioned prolonged guitar solo.
While “In Search Mona Lisa” was being recorded, Cindy recommended doing one thing extra symphonic and bringing in bass grasp Ron Carter. “That’s all I wanted to listen to,” Santana enthuses. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God. Of course!” The ensuing monitor, “Lovers From Another Time,” unfolds very similar to the portray that impressed the music itself, with the twin drumming Cindy and Walden mixing with Carter’s elegant bass strains to create a residing and respiration canvas on which Santana splashes vibrant six-string colours and textures.
“You actually can’t go mistaken when you've Ron Carter enjoying with you,” the guitarist observes. “He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery and, course, Miles. He must be within the Guinness World Records for excellence.”
2019 marks the 20th anniversary Carlos Santana’s groundbreaking album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary his legendary efficiency at Woodstock. Santana will have a good time these milestones with an energy-infused tour highlighting hits from Supernatural in addition to many others from his lengthy record biggest hits.
Santana is at the moment headlining a multi-year residency at House Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
1. Do You Remember Me
2. In Search Mona Lisa
three. Lovers From Another Time
four. Do You Remember Me
5. In Search Mona Lisa