Dave Margen

Among the extraordinary bassists to helm the Santana bass chair included founding member David Brown, along with Pablo Tellez, Doug Rauch, Alphonso Johnson, Paul Jackson, Stanley Clarke (guest player), Ron Carter (guest player), Tom Rutley, Byron Miller, Keith Jones, Myron Dove and current day member Ben Reitveld.

Dave Margen commenced his career with Santana in 1977 on the live/studio twofer Moonflower and played brilliantly on lesser known slabs including: Inner Secrets, Swing of Delight, Oneness Silver Dreams Golden Reality, Marathon, and Havana Moon – as well as Carlos’ massive comeback hits Zebop, and Shango in the early ‘80s.

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As I was witness, Dave’s remarkable bass solo composition “Runnin’ was a highlight of Santana gigs of that era, fusing Latin, jazz, funk, and blues rhythms and themes.

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Dave also waxed seminal sides with The Dramatics, Gregg Rolie, Joe Walsh (The Confessor), and Coale Johnson, among others. 

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