Classics: Santana – Singing Winds, Crying Beasts / Black Magic Woman (Columbia)
OMG! Here I am, telling you about a piece of music that would happen to be pivotal in my life. Damn it, I was only twelve when ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beasts’ saw the light. And I guess my late mom was far from figuring the impact it would have in my perception of music. Nor myself neither at the time, I reckon.
From their 1970 ‘Abraxas’ album, and on the heels of their critically acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, Santana confirmed their inclination for the blend. Thus mixing Rock, Jazz and Latin influences over Bluesy guitar lines and African rhythms, when not Ambient parts. Such as on the atmospheric ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beasts’ appearing as the prelude to the memorable ‘Black Magic Woman’ and therefore giving the impression of an album conceived like an opera based on various parts.
I just didn’t know at time, as I said. But ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beasts’, and more widely the album it belongs to, pretty much opened my ears to countless things I would progressively digest from then. Bringin’ me to sort of recognize myself in various vibes. From Jazz to Ambient, Latin and African rhythms. In other words, these fragrances I found in Santana‘s music. Then years after on José Padilla‘s blends at the Café del Mar as on Joe Claussell‘s mix sets…
Hip-Hop band the Lost Boys would eventually sample ‘Singing Winds’ on ‘1.2.3.’ back in 1995.