Legendary musician Carlos Santana will launch a dramatic new EP, In Search of 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 of 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 the entire years that the guitar icon had visited Paris, he had by no means been to the Louvre, however on a current day without work whereas on tour, he determined to go to the museum together with his spouse, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and his household. All it took was one look into the implacable eyes of the Mona Lisa for Santana to really feel as if one thing unusual and highly effective was happening.
As he recollects, “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 essentially the most unbelievable incidence, and in a means, it was type of good that I had by no means been to the Louvre earlier than, as a result of this won't have occurred at one other time. I needed to be who I'm now, realizing that God is in all places and that He was saying, ‘I like you,’ by sending me this message of 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 turn out to be the songs “In Search of Mona Lisa” and “Do You Remember Me” absolutely fashioned in his thoughts. “It was the primary time that I ever awakened and lyrics have been there in a tangible means,” he reveals. “I may simply seize them and write the songs.”
Much in the identical means that the Mona Lisa requested, “Do you keep in mind me?” Santana begins the music of the identical title with a placing guitar determine, an invite to bounce. Once the band kicks in with a sleek Afro-Cuban groove (courtesy of Cindy on drums, with Karl Perazzo on congas, timbales and percussion), Santana opens up on a full 5 minutes of a few of his most attractive 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 through which Santana and his band recorded with Rick Rubin on the famend producer’s Shangri-la Studio in Malibu. “Miles Davis and Bob Dylan at all times stated that the primary take is one of the 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 observe units a wholly completely different temper. Santana had proven his lyrics for “In Search of Mona Lisa” to a number of GRAMMY and Emmy-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (whose status as a powerhouse drummer started with a stint within the Mahavishu Orchestra), who instructed a Bo Diddley-esque rhythm. “I wasn’t anticipating that, however I instantly appreciated the thought,” Santana says. With Walden rocking a rave-up drumbeat (he additionally overdubbed bass and keyboards), Santana lets free 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 of Mona Lisa” was being recorded, Cindy instructed 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 observe, “Lovers From Another Time,” unfolds very similar to the portray that impressed the music itself, with the twin drumming of 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 improper when you will have Ron Carter taking part in with you,” the guitarist observes. “He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery and, in fact, Miles. He ought to be within the Guinness World Records for excellence.”
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Carlos Santana’s groundbreaking album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his legendary efficiency at Woodstock. Santana will have fun these milestones with an energy-infused tour highlighting hits from Supernatural in addition to many others from his lengthy checklist of biggest hits.
Santana is at the moment headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
1. Do You Remember Me
2. In Search of Mona Lisa
three. Lovers From Another Time
four. Do You Remember Me
5. In Search of Mona Lisa