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Published: 2011/04/14

Montreux Jazz Festival: B.B. King with Santana, McLaughlin, Randolph, Tedeschi and Trucks

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin have played together on numerous occasions over the years and will do so once again in July. The pair will kick off Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival on July 1 as the musicians will perform with Cindy Blackman Santana, Dennis Chambers, Raul Rekow, Karl Perazzo, David K. Mathews and Etienne Mbappé. Anther highlight will be a Tribute To Miles Davis with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Sean Jones and Sean Rickman. In addition, B.B. King will be joined by Santana, McLaughlin, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks for a special night (The Tedeschi Trucks Band also will appear at Montreux). The festival will take place from July 1-16, closing out with a performance by Deep Purple and a symphony orchestra. The complete details can be found at the Montreux Jazz Festival site.


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Jensen Lee May 11, 2011, 08:17:55

Though a signature song of Santana, “Black Magic Woman” was originally a bluesy UK hit by Fleetwood Mac, written by guitarist Peter Green. Carlos Santana made it “completely new, totally familiar” by adding Latin rhythms and Gabor Szabo’s “Gypsy Queen.” My Rockaeology blog at tells how Peter Green transformed an Otis Rush song into what would become a rock classic.

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