Santana Blues Fest DVD

(Kayos) In the biggest and most ambitious blues installment yet of Eagle Vision�s critically-acclaimed �Live At Montreux� series, a massive three-DVD set�Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004�will be released on October 17. This has to be looked upon as one of the great blues �events� of the year as Bobby Parker, Clarence �Gatemouth� Brown and Buddy Guy each get their own DVD�with Carlos Santana acting as Musical Director and Lead Guitarist, and Chic�s Nile Rodgers jamming and performing like you�ve never heard him before.

Bobby Parker is a DC-based bluesman who, in the 1950s, played rock�n�roll guitar behind Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and The Everly Brothers. He�s been recording and touring ever since on a variety of labels, having cut some seminal blues sides like �Blues Get Off My Shoulder,� �Watch Your Step� and �It�s Hard To Be Fair.� His 11-song set includes three with Carlos: �Chill Out,� �Mellow Down Easy,� ending with his biggest hit, �Watch Your Step.�

The late Clarence �Gatemouth� Brown kept rockin� into his 80s with a wide swath of music in his purview. The violinist/guitarist veered from Western Swing to Blues to Jazz to Rock in a heartbeat. There were no musical boundaries for this titan. His disc is a 10-song kaleidoscope, criss-crossing Louisiana Bayou boogie, a wild jam on Muddy Waters� �I�ve Got My Mojo Workin�� with Santana and Buddy Guy, and a set-ending �Okie Dokie Stomp� with Santana and Nile Rodgers.

Buddy Guy is one of the last of a dying breed. He�s the current king of the Chicago bluesmen, having learned from Muddy himself as well as Howling Wolf, Guitar Slim and Willie Dixon. His frenetic latter-day rock wildness is a direct descendent of the days when performers had to do something�anything!�to get the attention of brawling boozing bar patrons who would just as soon hit you over the head with a broken bottle than ask for an encore. Guy is, arguably, the most electrifying blues performer the genre has ever seen. His set is heightened by a kick-out-the-jams mentality that includes all of the aforementioned musicians!

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