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Released  October 1974
Borboletta (1974)  Amigos (1976)
Release date  October 1974
Genres  Jazz fusion, Funk
Length  49:52
Artist  Santana
Label  Columbia Records
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Producers  Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
Similar  Santana albums, Jazz fusion albums

Borboletta is the sixth studio album by Santana. It is one of his jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), 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 shiny 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.

Santana canto de los flores


  • Leon Patillo – vocals (3,4,5,7,8), piano (8), electric piano (3,5), organ (4)
  • Flora Purim – vocals (1,11)
  • Jules Broussard – soprano and tenor saxophones (4,6,9,11)
  • Carlos Santana – guitar (3-5,7-11) percussion (2,9), congas (7), gong (8), vocals (11), producer
  • Tom Coster – piano (4,9), Hammond organ (7,10,11), electric piano (2,9-11), organ (3,5,6,8), Moog synthesizer (4,8), producer
  • Stanley Clarke – bass guitar (6,9-11)
  • David Brown – bass guitar (2,4,5,7,8)
  • Michael Shrieve – drums (2-5,7,8), producer
  • Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums (6,9)
  • Airto Moreira – drums (10,11), percussion (12), sound effects (1), triangle (11), vocals (11)
  • Armando Peraza – percussion, congas (2,4,5,6,8,11), bongos (3,6,11), soprano saxophone (10)
  • José Areas – timbales (4), congas (2,3)
  • Michael Carpenter – echoplex (2)
  • Airto Moreira and Flora Purim appear courtesy of CTI Records


    1Spring Manifestations1:05
    2Canto de Los Flores3:39
    3Life Is Anew4:23


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