Interview with Cindy Blackman Santana about her new album “Give the Drummer Some”
Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change.
On September 18, 2020 she will release her new album, “Give the Drummer Some”, a 17-song eclectic mixture of old school fund and radio-friendly rock/pop combined with rock and jazz instrumentals. The album features eight songs with Carlos Santana, two songs with John McLaughlin, three songs with Vernon Reid, one song with Kirk Hammett, and multiple tracks produced by Grammy Award-winning Narada Michael Walden.
Cindy has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010).
In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill.
From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums.
More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment.
Electricity onstage generated chemistry offstage—Carlos proposed to Cindy during a July 2010 concert, and they married in December. Looking ahead, they will collaborate artistically as well, on projects that will no doubt reflect their shared passion for improvisation, and belief in the transcendent nature of music.
- For more information, visit https://cindyblackmansantana.com/
- Trailer for “Give the Drummer Some”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQPKA2BdzsI&feature=youtu.be
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