“Listen to the rhythm of your heartbeat…love, devotion, and surrender.” In a career tragically cut short, the late Doug Rauch was a major force in Santana’s groundbreaking fusion explorations as documented on such essential albums as Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Love Devotion & Surrender- with John McLaughlin (1973) and the sprawling live masterpiece Lotus (1974).
Doug was an absolute master of the double-thumb technique, which was a radical departure from previous Santana bassists. As such, Rauch was an extremely busy player – which was vogue in those heady, early days of jazz rock – rendering poly-rhythms galore to compliment Carlos’ increasingly intricate compositions.
Rauch’s unique forays into funk fusion can also be heard on Betty Davis’ self-titled 1973 debut, Billy Cobham’s Life & Times (1976) and Lenny White’s Venusian Summer (1976).
Doug also anchored select shows on David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs tour, captured on the archival release, Cracked Actor.