Michael Shrieve – Spellbinder

The Santana connection makes magic for the first time in 45 years, leading to drummer Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder (2016).

Shrieve first appeared with Carlos Santana in 1969 at the age of 19. He reunited with Santana in 2015 to record Santana IV. That event reunited the lineup of Shrieve, Greg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Santana. In a way, that served as the springboard for Spellbinder. For this project, Shrieve is accompanied by Joe Doria, keyboards; Danny Godinez, guitar; Farko Dosumov, bass; and John Fricke, trumpet.

“Pop Raladrao” opens the set in dynamic fashion. This fast-paced, high-energy piece features a driving bass line, engaging rhythm guitar and keyboard lines. The trumpet leads mostly, augmented by effects. Going into the final quarter, Shrieve licks his chops, working out the kit as the others throw in some fills. It’s a thrill-a-second start to the album.

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