Monday, October 25, 2004

Quote & Music of the day -- 10/25/04

"When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence." -- Gary Lloyd

Carlos Santana - Divine Light: Reconstructions and Mix Translation by Bill Laswell
This is quite simply one of the most beautiful albums that I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. It contains songs from two albums that involved collaboration between Santana and various jazz artists back in the 1970s: Love Devotion Surrender, with John McLaughlin, and Illuminations, with Alice Coltrane. The music has been selected, reconstructed, and lovingly given new life by master producer Bill Laswell. He gives this particular work of art a resolutely Eastern flavor, including tabla beats at one point. It works out extremely well, especially considering the spiritual nature of the music and the fact that Santana's collaborators for this music were both heavily influenced by Eastern music and spirituality.

Laswell has also produced similar albums containing the works of both Miles Davis and Bob Marley. Given the divine results of this project, I'll definitely be checking out those other two projects sooner or later.


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