Santana / Rod Stewart

This slightly awkward pairing of rock vets Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart promises hits galore. Santana's highly distinctive guitar work is distinguished by a white-hot fluidity, and he's smoking on his new album, Corazón, featuring a dozen sizzling Latin tunes fired up with the likes of Latin stars Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Juanes, plus Ziggy Marley and jazz icon Wayne Shorter. Even with the guests mostly rising to the occasion, such as Brazilian vocalist Samuel Rosa on the blistering opening cut "Saideira," Santana's sinuous guitar shines brilliantly, weaving through the mix, coaxing, prodding, and inciting fresh vision and vitality. Armed with a fine, gritty voice, Stewart started out strong with Jeff Beck, the Faces, and an explosive early solo career of bluesy folk-rockers. He's often been accused of coasting in subsequent decades, issuing drivel like "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and later taking uninspired shots at standards. But in an encouraging move, he returned to writing on 2013's Time, and is now sporting a new four-disc collection of unreleased live tracks (Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night), providing ample evidence that Stewart can still stir it up in the flesh.
Sun., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014

 
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