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Interview:
Carlos Santana's busy life is "a lotta lotta fun"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Carlos Santana is, as usual, spending the summer trotting around North America with his band.

But it's another Santana band that's been in the spotlight this month.

The reunion of members from the group's "classic" 1971-72 lineup -- including Neal Schon and Greg Rolie, who went on to form Journey, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello -- recently released "Santana IV," their first new album together in 44 years. And Santana says that once the five of them gathered to play music again it felt like no time had passed at all.

"It's really fun because when I lose my eyes and a hear the sound in the room emanating from everybody, it is intact," the 68-year-old guitarist said by phone from his home in the San Francisco area. "Who we are and what we do, from the Fillmore and the Carousel and the Avalon Ballroom to Woodstock and beyond, this is the sound. There's just an immediate chemistry there."

The group has played four shows surrounding the "Santana IV" release, including an April 21 concert in Las Vegas, where the current Santana band plays a periodic residency, that was filmed for release later this year. All concerned are hoping they'll do more work together -- including another album -- but Santana says they're proceeding cautiously.

"Gregg is really involved with Ringo (Starr) and Neal is really involved with Journey," he says. "I'm not into pushing things. I'll see what they want to do. We just did this. I would love to (do more) but it's all how it unfolds 'cause I don't like pushing things. It's an unfinished story.

"So I'd rather play it out more like Desmond Tutu would say -- 'Work in progress, more as it develops.'"

Santana himself is busy too, of course. He recently recorded a full album with R&B singer Ronald Isley, who guests on two tracks from "Santana IV." Santana is also planning to record an album of "obscure" john Coltrane material with fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, and on Aug. 24 he'll debut a jazz fusion group called Mega Nova with his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller.

"I'm keeping myself really, really busy," Santana says. "I love to stick my neck out and I like to expand and grow. My life is really a lotta lotta fun, 'cause I get to envision something and it`s in front of me. It's a wonderful thing to manifest at the speed of joy."

Santana

9 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor.

Tickets are sold out

Call 800-991-777 or visit caesarswindsor.com.


Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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