Corazón

Corazón

by Santana
     
 

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Corazón is Carlos Santana's first album for a major label since 2002's Shaman. It marks his reunion with executive producer Clive Davis, who masterminded 1999's multi-platinum Supernatural. Billed by RCA as his "first Latin album," Corazón is the studio counterpart to the

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Corazón is Carlos Santana's first album for a major label since 2002's Shaman. It marks his reunion with executive producer Clive Davis, who masterminded 1999's multi-platinum Supernatural. Billed by RCA as his "first Latin album," Corazón is the studio counterpart to the guitarist's HBO Latino concert special that featured his band performing with a host of Latin music superstars in his native Mexico. The singing was (as it is here) mostly in Spanish. For the most part, Santana actually sounds hungry again. His studio band is filled with killers, including drummer Dennis Chambers, timbalero Karl Perazza, and conguero Raul Rekow. Opener "Saideira" features his trademark tone in a passionate, stinging, gritty exchange with vocalist Samuel Rosa, from the Brazilian rock and reggae band Skank. Jittering, insistent horns and layers of percussion push both men to escalate the battle. Juanes lends his soulful croon to first single "La Flaca." It's got an anthemic hook with layers of backing vocals framing Santana's tight and tasty solos. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs back the guitarist on "Mal Bicho," an aggressive, careening cumbia. "Oye 2014" is a Latin hip-hop reprise of "Oye Como Va" with the now ubiquitous Pitbull. Though interesting, it falls flat. Bob Marley's "Iron Lion Zion" features Ziggy Marley and Colombian rappers ChocQuibTown in a fusion that works, melding cumbia, reggae, and hip-hop. In "Una Noche en Napoles" -- a cover of Pink Martini's "Una Notte a Napoli" -- Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, Spanish cantaora Niña Pastori, and Argentine folksinger Soledad meet Santana's nylon-string guitar in a steamy buleria that weaves their voices yet retains their distinctive individual styles. Gloria Estefan appears on the lilting pop son "Besos de Lejos" and gives Santana a chance to showcase his rumba chops. Romeo Santos turns in a non-bachata performance on "Margarita." His bilingual lyrics and lilting high tenor are wed to airy soulful Caribbean R&B. Santana ties it to the earth with taut phrasing through a biting solo. Miguel's "Indy" is babymaker pop-soul with a spiritual lyric. The composer sings and plays guitar accompanied only by Santana and Perazza. The jazzy salsa of "Yo Soy la Luz" was composed by Santana and features not only wife Cindy Blackman on drums, but also saxophonist Wayne Shorter playing sweltering fills and a gorgeous solo. While it's true that this is another attempt to repackage Santana for a new audience, to dismiss Corazón for that reason would discount the creativity and innovation currently at work in the diverse world of Latin popular music. In addition, Santana himself shows renewed vitality as a musician. While some cuts are forgettable, the guitarist's engagement with Latin pop is quite satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0888430357129
catalogNumber:
303571
Rank:
26291

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Timbales
Tim Pierce   Rhythm Guitar
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga
David Stout   Trombone
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Percussion,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Fernando Ricciardi   Drums
Sergio Rotman   Tenor Saxophone
Paoli Mejias   Conga
David Pozzi   Tenor Saxophone
Mario Siperman   Keyboards
Flavio Oscar Cianciarulo   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Laércio Da Costa   Percussion
Pedro Alfonso   Violin
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Vicentico   Vocals
Ximena Muñoz   Vocals
Andy Vargas   Vocals
Tommy Anthony   Rhythm Guitar
Miguel   Rhythm Guitar
David K. Matthews   Keyboards
Larissa Nascimento   Background Vocals
Cindy Blackman Santana   Drums
Jovany Javier   Vocals
Daniel Lazano   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Tito Puente   Composer
Bola Sete   Composer
Gloria Estefan   Adaptation
Santana   Sample Source
Claudia Brant   Adaptation
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Producer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer,Guitar Engineer
David Stout   Horn Arrangements
Javier Alonso   Arranger
Rodrigo Leão   Composer
Teofilo Chantre   Composer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
China Forbes   Composer
Dudu Marote   Vocal Engineer
Samuel Rosa   Composer
Afo Verde   Executive Producer
Flavio Oscar Cianciarulo   Composer
Gerard Mendes   Composer
Thomas Lauderdale   Composer
Dave Poler   Vocal Engineer
Yoel Henríquez   Composer
Pau Dones   Composer
Tom Corson   Executive Producer
Cataracs   Producer
Rafael Esparza-Ruiz   Composer
Armando Christian Perez   Composer
Danny Ponce   Engineer
Julio Reyes   Vocal Engineer
Romeo Santos   Composer
Michael Vrionis   Executive Producer
Miguel   Producer
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Composer
Christian Zalles   Adaptation
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Cindy Blackman Santana   Producer
Josh Connolly   drum programming
Juan Pablo Sorin   Composer
Brika   Vocal Coach

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