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Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin

Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Released: August 20. 2013

Reviewed: August 18, 2013

On July 1st, 2011 Montreux hosted the reunion of two master-guitarists - Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin - with their Invitation To Illumination concert. This unique concert, featuring the guitar talents of Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, includes most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album  Love Devotion Surrender. Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.

Both musicians have been regulars at Montreux across the years, but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features compelling performances of the beloved tracks from 1973’s Love Devotion Surrender, as well as inspired songs that have influenced Carlos & John’s incredible careers, including songs by Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker. This show is an incredible display of guitar virtuoso by two of the most prolific guitarists to ever grace the world stage.

The line-up for this performance featured Carlos Santana (Lead Guitar & Vocals); John McLaughlin (Lead Guitar & Vocals); Cindy Blackman Santana (Drums); Dennis Chambers (Drums); David K. Mathews (Keyboards); Tommy Anthony (Guitar & Vocals); Raul Rekow (Conga & Percussion); Etienne M'Bappé (Bass); Benny Rietveld (Bass); Tony Lindsay (Vocals); Andy Vargas (Vocals).

The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 captures an incredible night of live – even history-making - music and is certainly a performance not to be missed.