Carlos Santana will forever be primarily associated with the band that bears his surname. With Santana, he created one of the most distinctive sounds of the 60s and 70s by mixing rock with Latin influences. As as a guitar stylist, Santana the man is first and foremost an individual, his is one of the most recognizable guitar sounds in the world; within seconds of hearing it, you know it's him. For all the work he's done in a group context, Santana has also released a number of solo and collaborative side projects over the years. Perhaps most memorable was his journey into the spiritual side of jazz rock fusion alongside Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist and fellow Sri Chinmoy devotee John McLaughlin on the 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender. Other solo releases found Santana moving into everything from blues to Afro-Cuban sounds, but that unique, unmistakeable guitar tone makes everything he touches undeniably Santana.
Followers: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Burning Sensations, Malo, Jeff Healey
Influenced By: Tito Puente, Jimi Hendrix, Gabor Szabo, Machito, B.B. King, Peter Green...