Carlos Santana: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Norman Weinstein

By Norman Weinstein

Carlos Santana: A Biography explores the lifestyles and track of this remarkable guitarist, starting from his expert beginnings—his first ordinary gig was once at a Tijuana strip club—and early good fortune in San Francisco to the definitive songs and albums of the Seventies, the industrial resurgence with 1999's Supernatural, his induction into the Rock and Roll corridor of status, and his present paintings with manufacturer invoice Laswell.Unlike different biographies, this publication deals a finished examine Santana's transitions via various musical types past rock, together with blues, salsa, jazz, and international tune. It additionally portrays Santana as greatly a baby of the eclectic musical tradition of the Nineteen Sixties, in addition to displaying the profound impression of the recent Age circulate on Santana's lifestyles and song.

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And Carabello knew a Nicaraguan percussionist, Jose ‘‘Chepito’’ (Spanish for ‘‘chipmunk, referring to Jose’s small stature) Areas, who added decades of experience working in a wide range of Latin music groups. Even more spectacular was the replacement of Livingston with Michael Shrieve. Through his teen years Shrieve had carefully listened to recordings by jazz titans Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He was able to integrate the polyrhythmic styles of the key drummers who played with Davis (Tony Williams) and Coltrane (Elvin Jones).

The deep significance of their Woodstock experience gradually became apparent when they went into the studio to record their first album for Columbia. That recording proved that Carlos and his band were ready for the long odyssey of becoming rock ’n’ roll stars of originality and perennial appeal across national, musical, and generational boundaries. NOTES 1. Interview with Carlos Santana on Supernatural Live DVD (Aviva 07822-15750-9, 2000). 2. Darrin Fox, ‘‘Carlos Santana Spreads the Gospel of Tone,’’ Guitar Player, May 2005.

Before electric guitars were invented, acoustic guitarists developed these effects through a variety of mechanical means. The ‘‘bottleneck’’ technique Carlos has used throughout his career referred originally to an actual beer-bottle neck, broken off from the bottle and sanded, and used as a device to press and slide down all guitar strings simultaneously. This gives an acoustic guitar a zingy, propulsively dynamic sound. Another acoustic guitar technique that brings about unusual vocal tones involves ‘‘choking’’ the strings, pushing them to one side of the fret board intensely while pressing them down on the guitar’s fret board.

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