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Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreux 2004 [Blu-ray]
Hymns for Peace Live at Montreux 2004
Actors: Patti Austin, Dennis Chambers, Barbara Morrison, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008     3hr 1min

Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 02/26/2008


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Actors: Patti Austin, Dennis Chambers, Barbara Morrison, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Rock & Roll, Santana, Classic Rock, DTS
Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
Format: Blu-ray - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 3hr 1min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A Stunning Blend of Diverse Musical Styles
C. S. Junker | Burien, WA USA | 02/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Numerous jazz musicians incorporated elements of rock into their music during the 1970s, creating "jazz-rock fusion." However, among rock musicians only Carlos Santana returned the favor, bringing elements of jazz into a rock structure --- "rock-jazz fusion", if you will. While his efforts were not as commercially successful as his so-called Latin Rock, his willingness to ignore the artificial barriers between musical styles resulted in some classic recordings.

In this 2004 concert, Santana assembles an impressive cast of guest stars, mostly jazz musicians, for an extravaganza that covers rock, jazz, reggae, blues, soul, pop, and concludes with a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven. This is the first time I've seen jazz luminaries like Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter jam on pieces like Bob Marley's "Exodus" and Santana's "Jingo". The distinction between musical labels is rapidly erased, and the result is a heady brew.

Of course, this approach isn't for everyone. If you're looking for a Santana concert, this isn't it. There's very little Santana material; the rest is covers, ranging from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. There is one piece from "Supernatural" (a magnificent Celebration Day), plus "Jingo" and the obscure "Let the Music Speak for Itself." For a traditional Santana concert, try Supernatural Live or Sacred Fire (a concert recorded a few years before Supernatural).

With so many performers involved, the result could have been a disastrous mess, but it all works smoothly, and the 2 hr. 40 min. concert goes by quickly. (There are three additional tracks under the bonus features, covering Bob Marley's "One Love" and John Lennon's "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance.") Not every track is gripping, and I imagine I'll skip a couple the next time I watch it. But most of it is exhilirating.

The Blu-Ray disc looks and sounds spectacular, which adds to the fun.

Again, this is not a Santana concert in the ordinary sense, but if you're interested in an eclectic blend of diverse musical styles, featuring some of the world's finest musicians, you should give this one a try."
Hymns for Peace-Live at Montreux
Mark Swift | 05/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Showcases Blue-rays quality and image not to mention the fantastic performance of Carlos Santana. Highly recommended."
Gotta love Santana
J. Terrill | Ohio, USA | 01/26/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This master on the guitar play wonderfully as usual. I was kinda disappointed to not see Black Magic woman played on here, but it was still wonderful to see him play. Blu ray quality is great as expected. I kinda wish C.S.'s review had been up when I bought this. It was not what I was expecting, not that I did not enjoy it, but it is not really a Santana concert. The man does pull off some very soulful music despite the wide range of artists he plays with here, and I think that reflects his real talent. If it was possible, I would have given it 4.5 stars."