Carlos Santana – Blues For Salvador (1987)

FrontCover1Because his pioneering Latin rock band shared his surname, it’s easy to conflate Carlos Santana with Santana, especially since the guitarist functioned as the group’s leader and spokesperson. Nevertheless, Carlos ventured outside of the confines of his namesake band to pursue adventurous collaborations with jazz musicians — his first non-band album, 1973’s Love Devotion Surrender, was recorded with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra; his second was made with Alice Coltrane — in addition to smoother material, like the kind showcased on 1983’s Havana Moon and 1987’s Grammy-winning Blues for Salvador. Throughout these solo excursions, as well as his work with his band, one thing remained constant: Carlos’ exceptional lead guitar work, characterized by its Carlos Santana02warm, saturated tone and fluid, lyrical phrasing. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán (born July 20, 1947) is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms played on percussion instruments not generally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, and was inducted along with his namesake band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Blues for Salvador is a 1987 album by Carlos Santana, dedicated to his son Salvador. The record was released by Carlos Santana as a solo project, not with the Santana band. It won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, his first Grammy ever. (wikipedia)

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On previous “solo” albums, Carlos Santana had made noticeable stylistic changes and worked with jazz, pop, and even country musicians. On this, his fourth Carlos Santana release, the line between a “solo” and a “group” project is blurred; this record is really a catchall of Santana band outtakes and stray tracks. For example, included are an instrumental version of “Deeper, Dig Deeper” from Freedom, and an alternate take of “Hannibal” from Zebop!, as well as “Now That You Know” from the group’s 1985 tour.

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Given the variety of material, the album is somewhat less focused than most Santana band albums, but there are individual tracks that are impressive, notably “trane,” which features Tony Williams on drums. (Blues for Salvador won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance). (by William Ruhlmann)


Sterling Crew (keyboards, synthesizer)
Alphonso Johnson (bass)
Graham Lear (drums, percussion)
Alex Ligertwood (percussion, vocals)
Buddy Miles (background vocals)
Armando Peraza (percussion, vocals)
Raul Rekow (percussion, vocals)
Carlos Santana (guitar)
Chris Solberg (guitar, vocals)
Chester D. Thompson (keyboards)
Orestes Vilató (flute, percussion, timbales, background vocals)
Greg Walker (vocals)
Tony Williams (drums)

01. Bailando/Aquatic Park (Santana/Thompson/Vilató) 5.45
02. Bella (Crew/Santana/Thompson) 4.30
03. I’m Gone (Crew/Santana/Thompson) 3.08
04. Trane (Santana) 3.11
05. Deeper, Dig Deeper (Crew/Miles/Santana/Thompson) 6.09
06. Mingus (Crew/Santana/Thompson) 1.26
07. Now That You Know (Santana) 10.28
08. Hannibal (Ligertwood/Pasqua/Rekow) 4.28
09. Blues For Salvador (Santana/Thompson) 5.57



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