Carlos Santana’s Greatest Instrumentals

“BLUES FOR SALVADOR”   Carlos Santana

When the discussion of the greatest guitarist of all-time is discussed, many people tend to forget the masterful and heartfelt talents of Carlos Santana. Despite appearing at Woodstock and recording seminal classic rock anthems like “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Come Va”, Carlos Santana’s first Grammy Award came almost 20 years later into his career.   “Blues For Salvador” was an instrumental album released in 1987 and it’s a testament of Carlos’ intricate guitar skills.    Dedicated to his wife, Deborah, the soulful guitar solos meshed rock, jazz fusion, and Carlos’ love of Latin rhythms.  The title track ranks among Santana’s greatest instrumental jams.

“EUROPA (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)

Carlos_Santana_GuitarA local dance club in Tampa used to play “Europa” as the last song of the night before they locked the doors and kicked everyone out for the evening. After an evening of house music and freestyle, Santana’s song completely changed the mood and atmosphere as the night winded down. Opening with soft mournful guitar solo, Carlos squeezes every ounce of emotion here as he extends the notes for a double measure.   The last half of “Europa” is a furious jazz-fusion solo that reminds everyone that Carlos is truly one of the greatest guitarists of all-time.  “Europa” first appeared on Santana’s 1976 album, Amigos.