Salvador Santana Band (SSB)
SSB (Tsunami Label Group, 2008)
Salvador Santana Band is led by Carlos Santana’s son, keyboardist and composer Salvador Santana. The band’s debut album shows great promise with a combination of Neosoul, Latin rock, Afrobeat and hip hop. Although Salvador’s demo, released last year, showed more instrumental work and even jazz fusions excursions, the SSB album focuses of short songs that are radio friendly. The music really stands out when the band leaves the tired hip hop influences and ventures into Afrobeat, Latin rock, R&B, funk and even some salsa.
The CD includes reputable guests such as R&B, Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli, DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Ryan Tedder of One Republic and Salvador’s dad, Carlos Santana. The SBB band is formed by vocalist Quincy McCrary (formerly of Quetzal and Burning Star), bassist Emerson Cardenas, guitarist Woody Aplanalp (Lauryn Hill, Nels Cline, Thomas Mapfumo, etc.), drummer Tony Austin (who also sits in with the charismatic Solomon Burke) and ex-Ozomatli multi-instrumentalist José "Crunchy" Espinosa.
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