As the lyric goes – “Oye como va mi ritmo”. It means “listen to how my rhythm goes”. It’s been going since 1970, in the remake by Santana from their album “Abraxas” of the song Tito Puente wrote tin 1963.
Those were some heady days, the early days of Santana from their appearance in the summer of ’69 at Woodstock, onward.
Great news for fans – the original Santana lineup have recorded nine tracks for their upcoming album, drummer Michael Shrieve has confirmed.
The reunion hook-up began as he and Carlos Santana assembled to record new material with guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Mike Carabello and keyboardist Gregg Rolie for the record. It will be their first together since 1972’s Santana III. Shrieve confirms: “We have recorded nine tracks and we are getting together in April for a couple of weeks and we will be able to finish that up as well. I think that it sounds great. It’s beautiful. It’s like putting on a pair of old jeans.”
Shrieve has also spoken of the late California promoter who made things happen for Santana in the beginning, saying “It’s immeasurable the value of Bill Graham to Santana. He took us on like a father. He got us at Woodstock and he always loved the band – he was always a music fan of the band. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have been at Woodstock and many other things. He was like a brother to like a father to us. All of us are incredibly grateful to Bill Graham and what he did for the band.”
As the story goes, Neil Schon chased Carlos like a “guided missile” for 18 months to initiate the reunion. Santana are scheduled to play London’s O2 Arena this July 25.