1974 Santana – Borboletta

Borboletta is the sixth studio album by Santana. It is one of their jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai (1972), and Welcome (1973). Non-band albums by Carlos Santana in this style also include Love Devotion Surrender (1973) with John McLaughlin and Illuminations (1974) with Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Jules Broussard. The guitarist leaves a lot of room to percussion, saxophone and keyboards to set moods (“Spring Manifestations”), as well as lengthy solos by himself (“Promise of a Fisherman”) and vocals (“Give and Take”, a funky guitar-led song). The record was released in a metallic blue sleeve displaying a butterfly, an allusion to the album Butterfly Dreams (1973) by Brazilian musician Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira, whose contributions deeply influenced the sound of Borboletta. In Portuguese, borboleta means “butterfly”.

Original bassist David Brown returned to replace Doug Rauch and vocalist/keyboardist Leon Patillo joined. After the album’s completion, drummer Michael Shrieve left, to be replaced by Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who had guested on parts of the album.

Tracks

1Spring Manifestations (Sound Effects) (Airto Moreira, Flora Purim)1:04
2Canto De Los Flores (Tom Coster, Santana)3:46
3Life Is Anew (Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve)4:15
4Give And Take (Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster)5:45
5One With The Sun (Jerry Martini,  Earlyrin Martini)4:24
6Aspirations (Tom Coster, Carlos Santana)5:10
7Practice What You Preach (Carlos Santana)4:32
8Mirage (Leon Patillo)4:44
9Here And Now (Armando Peraza, Carlos Santana)3:02
10Flor De Canela (Carlos Santana, Doug Rauch)2:19
11Promise Of A Fisherman (Dorival Caymmi)8:04
12Borboletta (Airto Moreira)2:51

Media

Musicians

1 Spring Manifestations (Sound Effects)

Percussion / EffectsAirto Moreira
Percussion / EffectsFlora Purim


2 Canto De Los Flores

BassDavid Brown (2)
DrumsMichael Shrieve
PianoTom Coster
CongasArmando Peraza
CongasJose Areas
PercussionCarlos Santana


3 Life Is Anew

DrumsMichael Shrieve
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
PianoLeon Patillo
CongasJose Areas
PercussionArmando Peraza


4 Give And Take

BassDavid Brown (2)
DrumsMichael Shrieve
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganLeon Patillo
PianoTom Coster
SynthesizerTom Coster
SaxJules Broussard
CongasArmando Peraza
PercussionJose Areas
VocalsLeon Patillo


5 One With The Sun

BassDavid Brown (2)
DrumsMichael Shrieve
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
PianoLeon Patillo
CongasArmando Peraza
VocalsLeon Patillo


6 Aspirations

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsLeon Chancler
OrganTom Coster
SaxJules Broussard


7 Practice What You Preach

BassDavid Brown (2)
DrumsMichael Shrieve
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
VocalsLeon Patillo


8 Mirage

BassDavid Brown (2)
DrumsMichael Shrieve
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
SynthesizerTom Coster
PianoLeon Patillo
CongasArmando Peraza
VocalsLeon Patillo


9 Here And Now

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarCarlos Santana
PianoTom Coster
SaxJules Broussard
CongasArmando Peraza
PercussionCarlos Santana


10 Flor De Canela

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsAirto Moreira
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
PianoTom Coster
SaxArmando Peraza


11 Promise Of A Fisherman

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsAirto Moreira
GuitarCarlos Santana
OrganTom Coster
PianoTom Coster
SaxJules Broussard
PercussionArmando Peraza
VocalsAirto Moreira
VocalsCarlos Santana
VocalsFlora Purim


12 Borboletta

PercussionAirto Moreira

Liner Notes

Producer – Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
Engineer – Glen Kolotkin

Art Direction – Ed Lee
Design (Album) – Barry Imhoff, Carlos Santana

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria