Music: Latin Rock

Most rock bands enthusiastically imitate one another. Small wonder, then, that an original and distinctive group like Santana has taken flight like a Poseidon missile exploding out of a sea of mediocrity. Santana triples the basic rhythmic element of rock. Flailing away in the midst of a dozen percussion instruments, three players pound out different sets of rhythms until the beats converge into an orgy of machine-like energy. What makes Santana unique is the fusion of rhythms: African, Cuban, Mexican, blues, as well as subtle Latin ingredients whose exotic sound has rarely been...

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