Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter
Live at Montreux

3 1/2 stars out of 5
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson When uber Latin/rock guitarist Carlos Santana met up with veteran sax man Wayne Shorter in 1987, Santana joked, “Let’s start a rumor we’re putting a band together.” A year later the rumor became reality when Shorter and accomplished jazz pianist/arranger/composer Patrice Rushen joined the Santana Band for a 26-city tour of the U.S. and Europe.
That Santana and Shorter would be friends, much less bandmates, seems unlikely. That their music would mesh together without many distressingly painful notes seems even less likely. But the Latin jazz fusion on “Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival” is an unlikely hybrid that translates into an enjoyable way to spend a few hours in front of the TV.
The Santana/Shorter pairing had it’s genesis in Santana’s 1974 album, “Barboletta,” which featured jazz saxophonist Jules Broussard in the band alongside fellow jazzbos Airto Moreira, Flora Purim and Leon Patillo. Broussard’s tenor sax stoked the heavy fires of “Give and Take” and “Aspirations” and revitalized a band that had been crippled by the loss of founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie and stagnated by Carlos Santana’s obsession with spiritualism.