Chepito Areas / Chepito

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As Carlos ventured into increasingly abstract electric Miles territory in the early 1970s, his percussionist Jose Octavio “Chepito” Areas Davila waxed a killer slab in ‘74 which stuck to the Latin jazz-rock Santana formula that made them international stars following their Woodstock appearance. Doug Rauch, who replaced David Brown in the Santana line-up, plays the pocket pure and simple, whilst Chepito and his day-job brethren, including Gregg Errico, Tom Coster, Neil Schon, and Richard Kermode lay down some serious grooves and solos.   

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