The guitar legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana has inked a deal with Concord Records and detailed his new EP, In Search Of Mona Lisa set for release on 25 January.
The EP is available for pre-order now, with a vinyl edition out on 22 February. This EP marks the follow-up to the guitar virtuoso’s last record Power Of Peace, a collaboration with the Isley Brothers from 2017. Santana is also working with legendary producer Rick Rubin on a full album that’s due for a Summer 2019 release.
In Search Of Mona Lisa boasts three new recordings along with edited versions of two of the songs. According to an artist statement, the new EP was inspired by transformative trip to Paris:
“Three spellbinding and transportive new songs takes listeners inside a magical and deeply personal experience Carlos had when he visited the Louvre Museum and set his eyes on Leonardo da Vinci’s beguiling masterpiece.”
After finally viewing the iconic painting, the singer-songwriter dreamed up the lyrics in his head.
“It was the first time that I ever woke up and lyrics were there in a tangible way,” Santana said. “I could just grab them and write the songs.”
Joining the trailblazing guitarist is legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter, Santana’s wife and drummer Cindy Blackman, and producer Narada Michael Walden, who also performs keyboards, bass and drums.
“Carlos Santana is an artist of singular voice. Immediately recognized for his signature sound and celebrated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, his gift for melody and ability to seamlessly fuse and transcend musical genres has inspired us all,” John Burk, president of Concord Records, said in statement announcing Santana’s signing. “We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the Concord family and look forward to where his seemingly endless creativity, curiosity and passion take us.”
Santana is currently performing in Las Vegas as part of his multi-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort through Spring of 2019, and he recently added a new leg of North American dates to his Global Consciousness Tour. Visit his official artist site for details.
In Search Of Mona Lisa can be pre-ordered here and view complete tracklisting below.
In Search Of Mona Lisa
1. ‘Do You Remember Me’
2. ‘In Search of Mona Lisa’
3. ‘Lovers From Another Time’
4. ‘Do You Remember Me’ (Edit Version)
5. ‘In Search of Mona Lisa’ (Edit Version)