San­tana’s Car­a­vanserai is stun­ning

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Tickets -

Air­drie mu­sic fan Jim Mil­ton presents the sec­ond of his new fea­ture with the Ticket called‘Hid­den Treasure’by tak­ing a look at San­tana’s 1972 re­lease‘Car­a­vanserai’.

Ev­ery month Jim will put the spot­light on a lit­tle-known al­bum de­serv­ing greater recog­ni­tion. new­com­ers Dou­glas Rauch, Tom Rut­ley, James Mingo Lewis and Ar­mando Per­aza join­ing San­tana, Shrieve, Jose Chep­ito Ar­eas and key­board main­stay Gregg Rolie.

San Fran­cisco Latin rock group soon to em­brace other gen­res in­clud­ing blues, jazz fu­sion and salsa.

Formed in 1967 by Mex­i­can-born gui­tarist Car­los San­tana, the band’s first three al­bums are today con­sid­ered clas­sics. A 10-time Grammy win­ner, his late 90s resur­gence led to suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly multi-plat­inum al­bum‘Su­per­nat­u­ral’. Shift in di­rec­tion ‘Car­a­vanserai’ trade­mark Latin or, per­haps more ap­pro­pri­ately on this desert-themed out­ing, African rhythms.

Track five, the Rolie/Schon/San­tana penned‘Song of the Wind’show­cases Car­los at his shim­mer­ing peak.

‘Dreamy Gib­son’pas­sages atop a de­lec­ta­ble can­vas of Rauch and Rolie’s (the new Rock‘n’Roll?) bass and or­gan and‘Lewis and Shrieve’s’ gen­tly build­ing rhythms.

Mu­sic fan Air­drie man Jim writes for the Ticket

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