'Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter: Live at Montreux'
(Santana, Wayne Shorter / DVD / NR / 2007 / IMAGE Ent.)
Overview: It began almost as a lark when Carlos Santana encountered his longtime friend and hero Wayne Shorter on the concert trail in Atlanta, GA, in 1987. Carlos said, "Let's start a rumor that we're putting a band together." Wayne's eyes got bigger and brighter as he smiled and then responded: "Yeah, Carlos, let's start a rumor." A few months later the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Band performed its debut concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco, the beginning of a 26-concert tour throughout the U.S. and Europe.
DVD Verdict: I just found out about this video release from the '88 Montreaux Jazz Festival a month ago and have waited patiently for it to come to my local store to buy ... but then my Editor asked me if I would like to review it ahead of time! Mama!! Christmas has come early for sure in this household! Anyway, enough of that ... I have followed Santana's and Shorter's careers now for over 30 years and seen them both live several times. They have always seemed to be a natural fit to each other's music and this concert is a classic example of a perfect musical pairing. The performance of this magnificent band was recorded at Montreux, Switzerland, on July 14, 1988. The music is smokin' and there is an excellent balance of Carlos' and Wayne's musical styles. The audio is a good mix for it's time and video OK. Too many head shots for my liking as watching their fingers do the talkin' is where it has always been. Even the lovely Patrice Rushen adds her personal touch, but the rest of the band cooks like it's on fire! Even if I weren't a big S&S fan I would recommend this DVD to anyone who is a marginal fan of either. It's timeless. Simply timeless :-) This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Interview with Carlos Santana
Interview with Wayne Shorter
Interview with Claude Nobs (1)
Interview with Claude Nobs (2)