The Isley tracks are the only ones on Santana IV that have outside writers (not counting the "homage" that is "Forgiveness.") So it's not surprising that the entire Isley appearance wasn't as organic as the rest of the album.
Good to hear that there's still a collab with McLaughlin in the works after he dropped out of the Hancock/Shorter thing for whatever reason. Carlos has been talking about doing a big project of jazz standards for a while now. Maybe he's decided to just break it up into chunks and start with this one album with a single collaborator all devoted to one of the greats.
And that Hancock/Shorter group changed its name to "Mega Nova" several months ago, though the article still calls them "Supernova." I remain hopeful that we'll still see a studio album from them as well, though it'll probably be next spring at the earliest before it'd be released.
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