Santana

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Average User Rating 9.58
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Santana still rocks
Venue/Date: Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts (Mansfield, MA)
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September 15th, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.58

MUSIC REVIEW: Time hasn’t dulled Santana’s passion

Carlos Santana, 59, leads his band in a California show last month. (Associated Press)
By JAY N. MILLER
For The Patriot Ledger

Carlos Santana might be a bit out of the spotlight this year, but his six-string wizardry is no less compelling, as Friday night’s show at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield proved for a crowd of about 10,000.

That the venue was about half-filled is testament to the tepid response to last year’s ‘‘All That I Am,’’ the third CD using the formula of matching the guitarslinger with an array of young pop vocalists. If that record didn’t yield the mega-hits of the past, it does have ‘‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’’ with Los Lonely Boys, which was a moderate hit, as well as notable tunes with folks like Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Andy Vargas handled all of the vocals Friday, and the lithe young Latino injected them with a fire commensurate with his bandleader’s intensity. Santana and his nine-piece band included much of that last album, but also a treasure trove of his past hits.

But if most of us have heard ‘‘Black Magic Woman’’ a time or two before, few had heard such an incendiary 15-minute version, spiced up by a lengthy detour into Jimi Hendrix’ ‘‘Third Stone from the Sun.’’ The longest musical excursions never become stale when someone like Santana invests them with such variety and momentum, and crafts them into three- or four-part suites of luminous beauty.

‘‘I Am Somebody,’’ the simple tune of affirmation, sung on the album by will.i.am, opened the night with its vivacious Latin rock feel, as the two-man horn section punctuated each chorus. Santana, dressed in a white tunic and his trademark cap, played on a simple stage with a series of diamond screens behind it, which showed vintage photos of Santana, or simply designs and color patterns.

‘‘Da Tu Amor’’ featured a more percussion-based Latin core, with Vargas singing passionately in Spanish. ‘‘I Don’t Got Nobody That I Can Depend On’’ kicked up the heat even more, and ‘‘Africa Bamba’’ went from quietly swinging to potboiling rock, a trombone solo the unlikely ignition point.

Santana’s intro on acoustic guitar to ‘‘Maria Maria’’ was exquisite, almost classical in tone, before it evolved into the buoyant pop hit. A special treat was the cameo by Santana’s nephew Adam, who is a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Adam took the lead guitar on ‘‘Con Santana,’’ as Carlos merely conducted the band and played percussion, and the young fry certainly has the family touch, along with a nice way of alternating single notes and chords
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