Tonight and tomorrow (Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday,May 21), Santana will return to the city in which they formed over four decades ago to perform two special concerts at The Fillmore in San Francisco. An extraordinary opportunity to see Santana live in an intimate venue, the dates come on a break in-between the just-wrapped east coast North American leg of Santana's 2008 "Live Your Light" World Tour and the European leg, which begins June 20. The shows will feature the band spotlighting tracks from their forthcoming 2-CD compilation Multi-Dimensional Warrior (Columbia/Arista/Legacy). The career spanning anthology, set for release August 5, will present twenty-eight tracks personally selected by Carlos Santana. This should definitely be a treat!
Carlos Santana and the original line-up of the Santana band first played The Fillmore in 1968. Then under the auspices of legendary promoter Bill Graham, the venue was at the heart of the era-defining San Francisco music scene of the day. Their set received an epic ovation, and accelerated Santana's evolution from Bay Area icons to a globally renowned act, a transformation that came into dramatic focus during their incendiary set at Woodstock the following year.
Now here we are forty years later, after performing live to well over 100 million people worldwide, Santana's celebration of Multi-Dimensional Warrior at The Fillmore is perfectly suited for a project that looks back over the long arc of the band's enduring history. Carlos has called the double-CD set "a love letter to his fans," and in choosing material for it, emphasized album cuts and personal favorites that call forth the band's hypnotic musical power and give deeper insight into Santana's complex creative journey.
Multi-Dimensional Warrior is evenly divided between tracks with vocals and fully instrumental compositions, with the former comprising Disc One, and the latter, Disc Two. Spanning 1970 to 2004, it is the first compilation to include selections from Santana's three major label associations: Columbia, Polydor/Polygram and Arista/BMG. Carlos Santanasupervised new overdubs for five of the tracks, personally laying fresh guitar lines on "Spirit" and "Right Now."
Previously, Santana's most recent album release was 2007's Ultimate Santana, the only single-disc retrospective spanning the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' recent albums for Arista and signature classics from their seminal Columbia years. In addition to the 2008 hit single "Into The Night," a new track featuring Chad Kroeger on vocals, the compilation's previously unissued material includes a version of "The Game Of Love" with Tina Turner singing lead. Other highlights include the #1 GRAMMY-winning smash "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas, as well as "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman" and "Evil Ways."
Following their two Fillmore dates, the band will prepare to return to the road -- and much larger venues -- for the remainder of their 2008 "Live Your Light" World Tour.
It’s no concidence that on May 15, the special fine art and memorabilia exhibition "A Tribute To Miles Davis and Carlos Santana" opened at the Lush Life Gallery, part of The Jazz Heritage Center (JHC) in the Fillmore. The gallery specializes in jazz-themed art mediums, and is partnering with Legacy Recordings -- Sony BMG Music's award-winning catalog division -- to honor these two music legends with a one-of-a-kind show coinciding with Davis' birthday month (May), and Santana's forthcoming Legacy release Multi Dimensional Warrior.
"A Tribute To Miles Davis and Carlos Santana," which runs through July 30, was curated by JHC Executive Director Peter Fitzsimmons in association with Legacy. The exhibition features multi-media works of art including limited edition photographs and sculptures and original paintings. Rare artifacts and memorabilia related to music legends Miles Davis and Carlos Santana will also be on display.
Show highlights include original oil paintings of Miles Davis and Carlos Santana from the Jazz Master Series by world renowned portrait painter BRUNI, whose work is in the collections of museums including the Smithsonian Institution, where her canvas of Duke Ellington hangs. Renowned sculptor Ed Dwight -- who was American's first African American astronaut trainee -- will be represented with mixed media images and limited edition bronze pieces capturing Davis. JHC Resident Artist and "Youth Jazz N' Art" instructor Rhonel Roberts will also exhibit original paintings.
Photographically, the exhibition will include limited editions of rare silver gelatin prints of Miles Davis from the archives of ICON Collectibles -- The Art Of Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Additional images of Davis will be provided courtesy of the estate of Jerry Stoll and JHC Public Art Panel contributor Mark Brady. Carlos Santana photographs, memorabilia, artifacts and collectibles will be on display courtesy of Santana Management.