November 10, 1990 |
On his excellent new album, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, Carlos Santana concocted a medley, "Mother Earth," that joined his melodic concepts with those of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. While some viewed this as groundbreaking, it merely formalized the approach that has guided Santana's live performances for decades. Without ever creating something as clunky as a "world music" hybrid, the guitarist has shown that by integrating musical elements from a variety of cultures, it is possible to create a wholly engaging forum for open-minded, interactive music.
July 15, 1994 |
"We didn't want to come out as a blueprint of yesterday," Carlos Santana reports from his home outside San Francisco, "so we changed everything around. " The live Sacred Fire (Polydor), released less than a year ago, bears little resemblance to his current show. "We do anything and everything to constantly keep all the windows and the doors open in the house so it's vented. You know, you don't want it to smell like last night. " While Sacred Fire includes a smattering of new tunes among the inevitable hits, at the Mann on Sunday Santana will play a smattering of even newer tunes among the inevitable hits.
February 24, 2000 |
Carlos Santana, the Woodstock-era guitarist whose album of collaborations with modern-rock artists, Supernatural, blossomed into a multiplatinum success, capped his comeback year with a near-sweep of the major Grammy Award categories last night at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Mexican-born artist won for album of the year and rock album, while various songs from Supernatural took six other prizes - among them record of the year for "Smooth," Santana's first-ever No. 1 single.
October 7, 1991 |
IT WAS CHILLY and rainy, but Carlos Santana and his band, Santana, drew a crowd at a "be-in" in Fairmount Park. Yesterday's concert attracted about 50,000, according to organizers.
May 16, 2011
ATLANTA - In a pregame ceremony, Major League Baseball honored Ernie Banks, Carlos Santana (the musician, not the catcher), and Morgan Freeman. It was an odd collection, but a part of the festivities for the Civil Rights Game. Phillies president David Montgomery was among the special guests, along with commissioner Bud Selig. The fifth annual game was moved to Atlanta for the first time after previously being in Cincinnati and Memphis. It was Hank Aaron's idea to bring the game to Atlanta.
February 25, 2000
Viva Carlos! Viva Santana! You won eight Grammy awards Wednesday night, fitting recognition of more than 30 years of sweet playing. In the 1960s and 1970s, your band - one of the first multicultural, world-music groups - was a hit-maker, the high point of the original Woodstock with the blazing "Soul Sacrifice. " Amid the thick forest of electric guitarists, yours is one of the few truly distinctive sounds, a mastery of "sustain" and Latin melody. Felicidades, hombre! All the time, you've stuck to your humane philosophy of harmony among people.
August 7, 1995 |
The typically breezy Mann Music Center was as still and humid as a sauna on Friday night, but that didn't stop a near-capacity crowd from coming to see Santana heat up the stage. Veteran Latin-rocker Carlos Santana and a 6-member backing band sweated their way through a percolating set that drew on salsa, merengue, reggae, jazz, blues, gospel, and, of course, rock. The music was so danceable and assertive, I doubt that anyone at the Mann worried about anything, including the weather, during the two-hour set. The supple rhythm section - two percussionists, a bassist, and Philadelphia native Billy Johnson on drums - shifted dynamics often enough to keep Santana's long jams engaging.
May 16, 2011
ATLANTA - The public-address system at Turner Field wasn't too clear and most of the early arrivals probably weren't paying a lot of attention when various dignitaries from baseball's Civil Rights Weekend ceremonies were being introduced on the field before the Phillies-Braves game. But when noted musician Carlos Santana, winner of the Beacon of Change Award, stepped to the podium, his parting shot rang out loud and clear. "The people of Atlanta should be ashamed of themselves," he said before going back to his seat.
February 20, 2010 |
Depardieu shrugs off flak for going dark to play Dumas Gerard Depardieu yesterday dismissed critics who have attacked him for darkening his skin to play mixed-race author Alexandre Dumas in the new film L'autre Dumas. Patrick Lozes of France's Representative Council for Black Associations said it's insulting that a white actor was cast to play Dumas, whose grandmother was a Haitian slave. "It is a way of saying that we don't have any black actor who has the talent to play [Dumas]
February 12, 2000 |
Carlos Santana, 60, was having hallucinations three years ago. He said he was confused and disoriented and complained that people were talking to him from inside his TV set. So Santana tried to check himself into a hospital. He was told to go home, take two Tylenols and see a doctor in the morning. Santana, who has a history of mental illness, was frustrated, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson yesterday. The next day, Jan. 29, 1997, Santana took out his anger on a 35-year-old fellow resident of a boarding home on Montrose Street near 18th, said Gilson.