David Brown

Millions, if not a billion people on this planet Earth have grooved to the Latin jazz fueled bass lines rendered by the late David Brown, founding member of Santana (1966-71, 1973-1976).!

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As Carlos was a disciple of the multi-layered rhythmic modus operandi of electric Miles – which utilized the art of repetition to the max, Brown intensely followed suite, digging deep in-the-pocket with hypnotic lines that grew more intense upon their reiteration with gradual harmonic embellishments.

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David’s earthy tone was pure Fender Precision – which he articulated by anchoring his thumb on the pick-up plate and either finger-picking by the bridge, or at the base of the neck– thereby eliciting a striking “growl” when he plied one of his rare and riveting fills. 

To my ears, all of David’s work with Santana is essential listening; dig the re-mastered collections of Santana (1969) and Abraxas (1970) which features several live bonus tracks, along with the Santana III Legacy Edition which includes the band’s historic July 4, 1971 set which closed the Fillmore West.

I'm glad that David, who passed in 2000, lived to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Santana.

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