Santana is de belangrijkste vertegenwoordiger van Latin-getinte rock, vooral vanwege de combinatie van Latin percussie en het karakteristieke, hoge geluid van het gitaarspel van bandleider Carlos Santana. De groep was de laatste grote act uit San Francisco in de jaren '60. Ze waren zeer succesvol van het eind van de jaren 60 tot en met het begin van de jaren '70. Met het vertrekken van de oudere leden van de band, veranderde hun muziekstijl geleidelijk aan in een meer beschouwende en jazz-achtige stijl. Halverwege de jaren '90 leek Santana’s commerciële kracht te zijn uitgeput, maar de band maakte een verrassende en monumentale comeback in 1999 met het album Supernatural, dat diverse Grammy Awards won. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Rock - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | Concord Records
Exactly half a century after his debut, and his brilliant performance at Woodstock festival where he made a name for himself, Santana has once again turned to Africa, the original source of so many music genres. Indeed, let’s not forget that blues originated from slave songs and served as a foundation for jazz, rock and soul, among others. Produced by Rick Rubin, this album was almost entirely recorded in live conditions, without retouching and without a safety net, an exercise he’s particularly fond of. Not to mention the man’s love for improvisation, and his virtuosity allows him a great deal of audacity. Along with singer Buika and his wife Cindy Blackman on the drums, Santana once again blends the jazz he loves with the Latin rhythms and rock reflexes that live in him.The first track on Africa Speaks serves as a perfect introduction to this celebration of sounds that seem straight out of the mists of time. His voice speaks more than it sings, and he promptly gets a response from his backing singers. Then the album suddenly becomes funkier, with titles like Oy Este Mi Canto or Yo Me Lo Merezco, and outright blazing on the tropical Breaking Down The Door with its blustering brass, reminding the listener that it only takes a few boat-rides to cross over from Africa to South America. If the main idea behind this project is to demonstrate that rock, soul, blues and jazz are but children of African music, the evidence is fairly conclusive. Every song and style blends together so perfectly, and invites us to let ourselves be carried away by the infectious warmth of this opus. © Christian Eudeline/Qobuz
Rock - Verschenen op 15 april 2016 | Santana IV Records
45. This is the number of years that passed between Santana III and Santana IV. No joke. The struggle has been very real for fans of the guitar-wielding Santana. It’s another guitarist, Neal Schon, who is behind the project. He tested the water with the idea of a potential collaboration with Santana back in 2013, and finally the two musicians decided to recall the entire band from 1971: Greg Rollie (piano/vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion), Michael Shrieve (drums), all were present. The artists got to work in 2013 and recorded more or less 50 tracks. The 16 ‘most successful’ were retained and becomeSantana IV. The spicy recipe is wonderfully cooked and includes everything that perfectly identities the Group – from Latin music to jazz, Caribbean rhythms to blues, psychedelic to sunny afro... The whole thing is undeniably groovy and Santana perpetuates a dance that takes into account rhythm and melody simultaneously. The musicians have no difficulty in finding picture-perfect complicity after so many years apart, and have helped to save a portion of Shake It as a wonderful jam track. Special guest Roman Isley (singer from the famous Isley Brothers), is also part of the group and adds his voice on two tracks. You might think you’ve heard it all, but Santana has nothing but proof here that this isn’t the case. © AR/Qobuz
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