The Official Carlos Santana thread. (The place for all things Carlos)

Alnus Rubra

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Santana - Cover article of February issue Premier Guitar!

"Feedback is good for you! The legend says the world needs to be “far out,” and he’s cut a new album, Blessings and Miracles, to take it there. He talks about his fabled tone, advice from Miles Davis, his search for universal melodies, and stepping outside the cage."

It is an interesting, five page article. Probably not much new for us Carlos disciples/students but still interesting. Talking about his tone, "I need four or five microphones on my amp in a room: one in front, one behind, one above, one right on the speaker and one as far away as possible.....I go to each microphone and adjust the position until I get it right".

The last paragraph is pure Santanaese:
He continues: "How do you get into a solo that's in the same place Charlie Parker, Beethoven, or Stravinsky would go to? We can get to that same place. It's called The Sanctum-of-My-Intelligence Hang-Out. People say to me, "That's far-out, dude! How do I get there?' Practice removing your mind from the room and allow your light-spirit and soul to create music outside of gravity and time. You have to get out of the cage and dive into the unknown and the unpredictable"

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How considerate! Santana knows how the headstock on his guitar offends @Boogie he’s covered it up (double FNAR).
 

Huggy B

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I celebrate his Bday by listening to one of his rarest recordings, Oneness, a fusion album that few know of or heard, but I consider one of his best, and a strong inspiration for me (at the time) to take the guitar seriously.

(*complete album playlist on YT if you click on the title)
 

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OMG! You @Huggy B ! Oneness!!! Silver Dreams Golden Reality! Yes Yes Yes I'm going to find that LP today and play it. And THEN!!! Carlos w/Gato Barbieri! You set the bar high. I was very saddened when I learned of Gato's passing recently. If there was any artist whose music approached how often I played Carlos' music it was Gato

OK. I see your two. I check with :
Bella

 

ScottR

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OMG! You @Huggy B ! Oneness!!! Silver Dreams Golden Reality! Yes Yes Yes I'm going to find that LP today and play it. And THEN!!! Carlos w/Gato Barbieri! You set the bar high. I was very saddened when I learned of Gato's passing recently. If there was any artist whose music approached how often I played Carlos' music it was Gato

OK. I see your two. I check with :
Bella

The space between his notes is so magical. Especially on this one!
 

matonanjin

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Interesting new article in the web page "Best Classic Bands" titled "Santana’s ‘Abraxas’: Post-Woodstock Latin Magic". It is in a regular column titled "Reviews: Album Rewinds".

There is nothing new in the article for us Santana fans, especially those of us that have read Carlos' autobiography. But tidbits such as the following perhaps provide a slightly different angle, the band "had never played for a crowd even one percent as large as that gathered in Bethel, N.Y. They had recorded, but not yet released, their first album for Columbia Records, and were on the performance schedule that afternoon only at the insistence of concert promoter Bill Graham, who was also their manager. Before their flight cross-country, Graham had told them the concert would make them famous; Carlos says he responded, 'Bill, we’re from the Mission [the Latino district of downtown S.F.]. We don’t buy into that rock star thing.' ”

and "...when Graham’s rival promoter Chet Helms advised Carlos to keep his job as a dishwasher, because Latin-tinged rock was a one-way ticket to nowhere."
That doesn't seem to have proven true.;)

A quick read.
 
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