» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums

» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add News

Carlos Santana

Mexican-born American guitarist Carlos Santana is best known as the leader of the band that bears his last name, which has toured andrecordedsuccessfully since the late '60s. He has also recorded a series of exploratory solo albums and collaborations with other musicians thatexpandupon his basic musical style. Carlos Santana grew up in Mexico, the son of a father who was a mariachi violinist. He took up the violin at five, but at eight switched totheguitar. The family moved to Tijuana, where he began playing in clubs and bars. In the early '60s, the family moved to San Francisco. Sa ...read more

Mexican-born American guitarist Carlos Santana is best known as the leader of the band that bears his last name, which has toured andrecordedsuccessfully since the late '60s. He has also recorded a series of exploratory solo albums and collaborations with other musicians thatexpandupon his basic musical style. Carlos Santana grew up in Mexico, the son of a father who was a mariachi violinist. He took up the violin at five, but at eight switched totheguitar. The family moved to Tijuana, where he began playing in clubs and bars. In the early '60s, the family moved to San Francisco. Santanaatfirst remained in Tijuana, but he later joined them and attended Mission High School, graduating in June 1965. In 1966, he was one ofthefounders of the Santana Blues Band. Despite the name, the group was at first a collective; it was required to name a nominal leader due toaprovision of the musicians union. The name was eventually shortened to Santana and the band debuted at the Fillmore West theater inSanFrancisco on June 16, 1968. That September, Carlos played guitar at a concert held at the Fillmore West by Al Kooper to record a follow-up totheSuper Session album that had featured him with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills. The result was The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield andAlKooper, which marked Santana's recording debut. Meanwhile, Santana was signed to Columbia Records and recorded a self-titled debut album. At this point, the group was a sextet consistingofCarlos (guitar), Gregg Rolie (keyboards and vocals), David Brown (bass), Michael Shrieve (drums), Jose "Chepito" Areas (percussion),andMichael Carabello (percussion). Santana toured the U.S. prior to the release of the album, including a notable appearance at thecelebratedWoodstock festival in August 1969 that was filmed and recorded. Santana was released the same month, and it became a massive hit,as did itsfollow-ups Abraxas (1970) and Santana III (1971). After completing recording and touring activities in connection with Santana III, theoriginalSantana band broke up. Carlos retained rights to the group's name and he proceeded to lead a band called Santana from then on, though it consisted of himself andaconstantly changing collection of hired musicians. His first recording after the breakup of the original group was a live show performed inHawaiiwith singer and drummer Buddy Miles, released in June 1972 as Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! Consistent with the success of theSantanaband, the album reached the Top Ten and eventually went platinum. Following the release of the Santana band album Caravanserai(1972),Carlos formed a duo with John McLaughlin, guitarist for the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The two shared a spiritual leader in guru Sri Chinmoy,whobestowed upon Carlos the name Devadip, meaning "the eye, the lamp, and the light of God." Devadip Carlos Santana and MahavishnuJohnMcLaughlin's duo album Love Devotion Surrender was released in June 1973. It reached the Top 20 and eventually went gold. Afterreleasinganother Santana band project, Welcome, Carlos next teamed up with another religious disciple, Turiya Alice Coltrane, widow of JohnColtrane, fora third duo album. Their collaboration, Illuminations, was released in September 1974; it spent two months in the charts, peaking inthe bottomquarter of the Top 100. Carlos focused on the Santana band for most of the rest of the 1970s, releasing a series of gold or platinum albums: Borboletta (1974),Amigos(1975), Festival (1976), Moonflower (1977), and Inner Secrets (1978). In February 1979, he finally released his first real solo album, thehalf-live, half-studio Oneness/Silver Dreams -- Golden Reality, actually credited to Devadip. Like Illuminations, it spent a couple of months inthecharts and peaked in the bottom quarter of the Top 100. After another gold Santana band album, Marathon (1979), he returned to solo workwiththe double-LP jazz collection The Swing of Delight in August 1980. Featuring such guests as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter,itsold a little better than his previous solo album. Two more Santana band albums, Zebop! (1981) and Shango (1982), followed beforeCarlosreleased a more pop-oriented solo effort, Havana Moon, in April 1983. Featuring Willie Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and the FabulousThunderbirds,the album reached the Top 40, actually a better showing than the next Santana band album, Beyond Appearances (1985). In 1986,Carlosundertook his first musical score, writing music for the Ritchie Valens film biography La Bamba. He then made another Santana bandalbum,Freedom (1987), and followed it in October 1987 with a solo album, Blues for Salvador. The album did not sell well, but the title track wonCarloshis first Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. After a final Santana band album for Columbia Records, Spirits Dancing intheFlesh (1990), Carlos left the label and signed to Polydor, which gave him his own custom label, Guts and Grace. The first Santana band albumforthe new company, Milagro, was followed by what was projected to be a series of releases of tapes from Carlos' own collection of hisfavoritemusicians, Live Forever: Sacred Sources 1, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Coltrane.Then camea Santana band live album (Sacred Fire - Live in South America, 1993) and in September 1994, Carlos released Santana Brothers, atrio albumalso featuring his brother Jorge Santana and their nephew, Carlos Hernandez. It charted briefly and was nominated for a GrammyAward for BestRock Instrumental Performance. Carlos spent almost five years away from recording, not returning until June 1999 when he issued Supernatural on Arista Records. TheSantanaband album featured many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and others.Paced bythe number one singles "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," the album became the biggest hit of Santana's career, selling upwards of tenmillion copies.It also won Santana eight Grammy Awards. « hide

Similar Bands: Santana

Divine Light
2001

4
1 Votes
Santana Brothers
1994

2.3
3 Votes
Blues for Salvador
1987

3.5
2 Votes
Havana Moon
1983

3
4 Votes
The Swing of Delight
1980

1.8
3 Votes
Oneness: Silver Dreams, Golden Reality
1979

2.7
3 Votes
Illuminations
1974

3
4 Votes
Caravanserai
1972

4.5
2 Votes
Love Devotion Surrender
1972

3.5
2 Votes

Contributors: rockandmetaljunkie,

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy