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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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.