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Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter: Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival

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The seeds for the Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter Band were likely planted when both appeared on This Is This, the 1986 swan song by Shorter’s band Weather Report. Yet the saxophonist left the group midway through that album’s recording sessions, leaving co-founding keyboardist Joe Zawinul little choice but to disband Weather Report after the release of perhaps the weakest effort in its 15-year catalog.

A two-CD and DVD package, Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival fares about as well as This Is This, similarly because of a lack of chemistry rather than lack of talent. Guitarist Santana recruited a percussionist from the late-’80s version of his self-titled band, conga master Armando Peraza, plus original bandmember Jose Chepito Areas on timbales. Both burn through the Santana classic “Incident at Neshabur.” The other highlight of disc one is Shorter’s Weather Report staple, “Elegant People.” The saxophonist plays with fire over the funky cushion of Santana’s bassist, Alphonso Johnson, a former Weather Report member.

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