A lucky seven years ago, wise jazz-rock fans showed up to hear drummer Cindy Blackman Santana play the music of her idol, Tony Williams, in Roanoke.
Her take on the late master’s music was a smash in two sets at Jefferson Center’s Jazz Club venue, now called Fostek Hall.
These days, she spends most of her live music time on stages with her husband, Carlos Santana, but she is still involved with her own projects. Blackman Santana, who first came to wide recognition smacking the bejabbers out of her kit behind Lenny Kravitz, has released a solo album, according to a publicity email from Jensen Communications.
The disc, “Give the Drummer Some,” features her husband, along with a one-time Williams bandmate, guitarist John McLaughlin; Living Colour’s six-string assassin, Vernon Reid; and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Guitar madness ensues.
So does drum madness. Blackman Santana is one of the absolute best. In a bonus, you’ll get to hear her singing, too, on tracks including the John Lennon classic, “Imagine.” Her blues-rocking take on the number includes some of her husband’s ripping lead guitar work. Check it out at youtu.be/0JiyUnHiS5I.
Pre-order the album if you like via orcd.co/givethedrummersome. It’s a mixed bag of styles, including some burning jazz and some grooving dance material.