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Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 DVD Set

Review by Gary Hill

This whole series of Live at Montreux DVD’s is quite good. The older ones sometimes have some issues in regards to video and sound quality, but as for the ones recorded more recently the production tends to be close top notch. Such is the case with this release. You also get a lot of bang for your buck with this one. In 2004 Carlos Santana put together three shows for the festival to honor blues men who had been a big influence and inspiration to him over the years. This 3 DVD set captures all three of their shows in their entirety. The first of these features Bobby Parker. The second disc is Clarence Gatemouth Brown’s show. Buddy Guy rounds out the set with his particular brand of blues. Carlos Santana guests at points during all three shows. Nile Rogers makes appearances on stage with both Brown and Guy. Bobby Parker guests during the Buddy Guy concert and Guy shows up during Brown’s gig. This type of jamming has been a tradition in the blues for a long time and truly adds a unique component to shows. It also makes for some seriously inspired music. When you consider the sheer mass of music you get here – and add in the quality of it – it seems that this is probably the best value of the whole series. Blues fans who don’t have this yet should be scolded severely.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 6 at
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