Carlos Santana’s supreme love of music continues to inspire shifts and turns from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist’s muse. Although the unmistakable imprint of his guitar tone has remained a constant fingerprint, Santana has enthusiastically embraced different styles, different players, and myriad influences throughout his career—even jumping into impromptu jams from time to time that are often surprising and exciting.
His upcoming release, Africa Speaks [Concord], promises to unveil new hybrids of musical ideas and textures. For a sneak peek, please check out the pre-release track, “Los Invisibles” — featuring Spanish vocalist Buika — in the video below. Over a percolating groove, Santana’s guitar stabs and dances across the propulsive rhythms. The album was produced by Rick Rubin at his Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California—many of the tracks cut in one take over a ten-day series of sessions by Santana and his band (including his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman).