The Legendary Drummers of Santana
by Bobby Ibarra
(Concord Ca. USA.)
In 1968 a group called Santana burst on to the music scene, in a concert known to music lovers as Woodstock, they played an hour set, but most of the world thinks they played one song. The song is called Soul Sacrifice.
Now there are two drum solos in this song, the first solo is on conga drums, which is the first time in American music history that the AM radio world had a chance to hear conga playing and soloing at it's highest form in 1968. Which was performed by now, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame legend Jose Chepito Areas.
The second solo in the Soul Sacrifice, which is on drums (traps) is by Rock n Roll Hall of Fame legend Micheal Shrieve and this Rock drum solo, shot Santana into the Rock music scene with a whole new category of music, hence(Latin Rock) was born and the rest is music history.
So the two drummers that are not listed and should be are Jose Chepito Areas and Micheal Shrieve. There was another song played by Santana, that is known throughout the world, the song is entitled Oye Como Val. This song is also listed as one of the most listened to songs of the 20th century, if this is not influential I don't know what is.
I hope that musicians and music lovers have found this information to be informative and entertaining. There was one other drummer in the Santana group, his name is Micheal Carabello. For those of you who are not familiar with Santana let me break it down.
The regular drummer on (Traps) was Micheal Shrieve, then you had Micheal Carabello who played congas, followed by the best musician in the group Jose Chepito Areas who played Traps, Timbales, bongos and congas and on the last song in the Wood stock set.
You can hear Chepito taking a trumpet solo on the song entitled Fried Neck Bones. For those of you who never had the opportunity to see the original Santana band, they will be coming together in 2014, they will be recording a Cd, followed by a tour, all the originals will be playing except, the original bass player David Brown.
They have begun regrouping in Las Vegas were Carlos Santana is currently living with his wife Cindy Blackman (Jazz drummer). If you get the chance go see them this will be your last opportunity to see five Rock n Roll Hall of Fame legends, the added bonus will be Neal Schon who was on the third Santana album and also on the Caravansari album, who of course is one of the founding members of Journey.