In Search of Mona Lisa

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In Search of Mona Lisa
Santana In Search of Mona Lisa (album cover).jpg
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2019
Recorded2018
GenreLatin rock
Length27:09
LabelConcord Records
ProducerSantana
Santana chronology
Santana IV
(2016)
In Search of Mona Lisa
(2019)
Africa Speaks
(2019)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

In Search of Mona Lisa is an EP by Santana released on January 25, 2019, on Concord Records.[1]

A music video for the EP's first single, "Do You Remember Me", was released on January 24, 2019.[2]

Santana has announced plans to release a new full-length album, produced by Rick Rubin, scheduled for mid-2019, with the EP serving as a preamble.[3]

Origins[edit]

The album takes its title from a deeply personal experience that Carlos Santana had when he visited the Louvre in Paris for the first time and saw Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa. The artist explains to Rolling Stone that although he had been playing concerts in Paris since the early Seventies, he had never visited the Louvre until 2016.[3] And once he did, he noticed a line like "you'd see for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Rihanna or Adele... I was like, 'Damn, Mona Lisa's really popular worldwide to this day.'"[3]

Described as "dramatic", as well as "spellbinding and transportive",[4] the album stems from recollections of a dream that Carlos Santana had months after his experience seeing the iconic work of art.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Do You Remember Me"Carlos Santana9:50
2."In Search of Mona Lisa"Jeffrey Cohen / Santana / Narada Michael Walden5:11
3."Lovers From Another Time"Santana / Consuelo Velázquez / Walden4:46
4."Do You Remember Me [Edit Version]"Santana3:30
5."In Search of Mona Lisa [Edit Version]"Cohen / Santana / Walden3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Carlos Santanaguitar
  • Cindy Blackman Santana - drums (tracks #1,3)
  • Tommy Anthony - guitar (#1)
  • Benny Rietveld - bass guitar (#1)
  • Ray Greene - vocals (#1)
  • Andy Vargas - vocals (#1)
  • David K. Matthews - keyboards (#1)
  • Karl Perazzo - congas, percussion & timbales (#1)
  • Narada Michael Walden - bass (#2), drums (#2,3), keyboards (#2,3), vocals (#3)
  • Jim Reitzel - guitar (#2)
  • Cornell C.C Carter - vocals (#2)
  • Ron Carter - bass (#3)
  • Justus Dobrin - keyboard programming (#3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen. "Santana – In Search of Mona Lisa: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ Maxwell, Jackson (January 24, 2019). "Santana Premiere "Do You Remember Me" Music Video". guitarworld. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Grow, Kory (January 15, 2019). "Carlos Santana on the Power of 'The Mona Lisa,' Today's New Hippies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Carlos Santana Delivers New EP, "In Search of Mona Lisa", Due January 25". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved January 31, 2019.