Ever since the Santana Blues Band came together in the magical year of 1967 in San Francisco, Carlos has employed such outstanding players as the late David Brown, Alphonso Johnson, Pablo Tellez, the late Doug Rauch, and Ben Rietveld.
And I must also cite the many bass icons who’ve made cameos on Carlos’ commendable canon including Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, and Paul Jackson- to name a few.
Among the lesser known, though equally brilliant players was Dave Margen, who commenced his career with Santana in 1977 on the timeless live/studio double set Moonflower. Margen played brilliantly on albums including: Inner Secrets, Swing of Delight, Oneness, Silver Dreams Golden Reality, Marathon, and Havana Moon – as well as the guitarist’s massive comeback hits Zebop, and Shango in the early 1980s.
Dave’s remarkable bass solo composition “Runnin’ – as recorded on Marathon, was a highlight of Santana gigs of that era, fusing Latin, jazz, funk and blues rhythms and themes.