Photo by Maryanne Bilham
Multi-Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has released the music video for “Move,” with multi-Grammy winning Matchbox Twenty singer/songwriter Rob Thomas and featuring the vocal talents of American Authors, from his star-studded, masterful new album, Blessings and Miracles, out worldwide via BMG on October 15.
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The video opens on a smoky black and white landscape as Thomas’ dynamic, sensual and magnetic vocals mix with Santana’s vibrant opening guitar licks, setting things ablaze and opening up the skies. Then we’re off on a grinding, grooving, swaggering, swaying and altogether breathtaking mix of pop and Latin rock with sure-fire hooks for days. Thomas is ably backed by American Authors (especially the band’s Zac Barnett, who takes the lead spot in the second verse). Santana matches these supreme performances as only he can, with scintillating solos that explode with tectonic force. A lively horn section hits from all sides, and the song is highlighted by a hyper-drive chorus that defies inertia.
“Move” was released in August 2021, heralding the much-anticipated reteaming of the music of Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, whose 1999 multiple Grammy-winning smash “Smooth” became a worldwide staple – and the two performers have smashed all expectations and turned in a new classic.
San Francisco Chronicle says, “Meeting once again at the intersection of American pop and Latin flair, Thomas showcases his signature vocals over Santana’s dizzying guitar, congas and a lively horn section…there’s a similarly gigantic energy [to “Smooth] on “Move” that’s fit for both afternoon cookouts and dance clubs,” while Billboard called “Move” a “summery Latin rock single” and American Songwriter says, “On ‘Move,’ it sounds as if 22 years never passed since ‘Smooth.’”
“‘Move’ came about very much like how ‘Smooth’ happened,” says Santana. “It was like divine intelligence behind the scenes, and I just knew I had to record it with Rob. The song is about awakening your molecules. Ignite and activate yourself – you know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that’s splendiferous.”
Santana just wrapped a summer tour in the US and will continue their multi-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with upcoming dates from November 3 thru December 11.