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Santana cooks as Carlos brings supernatural sounds to the Joint


Leila Navidi

Carlos Santana performs live during the first night of new show “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

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First impressions as Carlos Santana and his band settle into their residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock.

Carlos and company delivered on the promise of the title – “Supernatural Santana: A Trip through the Hits.” They played the favorites – from “Jingo” to “Into the Night” -- for almost two hours on Thursday night.

But this Vegas show seemed anything but formulaic. The band was cooking – particularly his industrial strength rhythm section – and Carlos was loose.

At first blush, it made me think this residency thing really could work. I’m going to ponder it and come back with a full review. But for now, I’m smiling.

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