Because his pioneering Latin rock band shared his surname, it's easy to conflate Carlos Santana with Santana, especially since the guitarist functioned as the group's leader and spokesperson. Nevertheless, Carlos ventured outside of the confines of his namesake band to pursue adventurous collaborations with jazz musicians -- his first non-band album, 1973's Love Devotion Surrender, was recorded with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra; his second was made with Alice Coltrane -- in addition to smoother material, like the kind showcased on 1983's Havana Moon and 1987's Grammy-winning Blues for Salvador. Throughout these solo excursions, as well as his work with his band, one thing remained constant: Carlos' exceptional lead guitar work, characterized by its warm, saturated tone and fluid, lyrical phrasing. Carlos Santana was born in ...
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