I have been listening to Carlos Santana on and off, since the late 1960s. His distinctive guitar style and instrumental classics, have been a part of my life since I was a teenager. Unlike many musicians I admire he is actually older than me, by five years. This signifies his longevity in music, and the fact that he still records today is a tribute to his enduring quality. His classic ‘Soul Sacrifice’ was performed at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, and he has never looked back since.
In 1970, his album ‘Abraxas’ set new standards for the fusion between Jazz and Latin American music, and still remains a wonderful recording, all these years later. He went on to much acclaim, and some interesting collaborations with other artists, from all musical genres. After a while, his popularity faded, and though he still recorded, he missed chart success, and his critical acclaim diminished.
This all changed in the late 1990s, when he teamed up with singer Rob Thomas, from the band Matchbox Twenty. They recorded the song ‘Smooth’, and it was accompanied by a new generation video, that not only put Santana back on the musical map, but also introduced him to a completely new audience. Despite the rock/funk vocal, Santana had lost none of his signature guitar style, or musical innovation. He was rewarded with a world-wide hit, and a renewed interest in his work, both old and new.
It is in every way, a modern classic. Please enjoy.