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By ROB MON.ATH
Devadip Carlos Santana
The Swing of Delight
EVADIP Carlos Santana teams
up with some of the greatest
contemporary jazz and funk
musicians to make his most sophisticated
musical statement to date on The Swing of
Delight, his latest solo album.
All but one of the songs on the LP are
instrumental odyssies which guide the
attentive listener through a broad range of
musical and emotional moods, as the feel
of the music slips back and forth between
a kind of Latin swing, Miles Davis-type,
'head jazz and "sophistifunk."
Santana himself has improved
tremendously. As several years in
seclusion and a lot of drugs were key
elements to guitarist jeff Beck's surprising
growth, jamming with friends like avant-
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garde guitarists Al DiMeola and John
McClaughlin and heavy doses of Eastern
religion have kindled an unforeseen
musical metamorphosis in Santana.
On songs like, "Swapan Tari," Santana
embellishes his characteristic guitar
motifs with new technical finesse. His
modal and often brisk riffs lend a fresh
dimension to his traditionally melodic and
In accordance with this shift to a jazzier
flavor, Santana avoids the heavy rock
emphasis of past albums like Abraxas and,
subsequently, features jazz and funk
masters Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,
Ron Carter and Tony Williams on a
number of cuts, on Swing.
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Wayne Shorter's soprano saxaphone
accompaniment and solos on "Love
Theme from Spar.tacus" wail with
Herbie Hancock's keyboard work is
sprinkled like light rain through the
bouncy track "Jharma Kala," and gets
very funky elsewhere. Ron Carter comes in
with a vibrantly moving accoustic bass
solo on "Gardenia."
Some vestiges of the old Santana
percussion remain, and these, coupled
with the superb drumming of Tony
Wiliiams and Graham Lear, keep the pulse
fluid and exciting throughout.
Because the album has been recorded
digitally (a new recording process which
substitutes numerical code for
conventional magnetic tape and produces
increased clarity), it has four shorter sides
instead of two longer ones and cost a little
For those who wanted Santana to put
out another pop album like Inner Secrets,
The Swing of Delight will be disappointing.
'For others who've always wondered what
it would be like if Santana leapt, to a
higher musical plateau, the album will be
musical ecstasy. fw
Rob Monath is Weekender record critic.
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