Guitar legend Carlos Santana announced at a press conference yesterday that he will collaborate on his next studio album with several potentially notable pop vocalists and musicians.
His as-of-yet untitled album will follow the platinum-selling and critically-panned 1999 release “Supernatural” and the similarly received 2002 release “Shaman.”
Originally becoming famous for extended jam songs based strongly in authentic Latin rhythms like “Oye Como Va” and “Black Magic Woman,” Santana has moved in a new direction in recent years by supplying obligatory guitar riffs to overproduced recordings featuring flash-in-the-pan vocalists like Everlast and Michelle Branch. As of the press conference, no guest artists had been set for the new album pending, as phrased by publicist Terri Jackson, “changes in the pop-culture dynamic that could take place over the next year.”
“I look forward very much to working with these artists whose names are still to be determined. Their work in the future I’m sure I will very much enjoy,” Santana stated to reporters. “I can’t wait to work creatively with diverse minds who will no doubt be on the cutting edge of their respective genres.”
Santana’s album is expected to win an unprecedented 37 Grammys.