John Santos Finds His Groove
It's really an unusual situation for me as a percussionist, especially as a Latin percussionist, because the vast majority of the time we're called upon to keep time and to accompany other soloists, or play time for the dancers. To be able to play this way, especially with Omar, since he's a drummer first of all'he studied percussion before he became a pianist'it's like playing with another drummer. He's very rhythmically sure of himself, and we share a background in the same traditions. We've both studied Afro-Cuban ritual music a great deal, so that's like our safety net. And we're both really into experimenting and using different sounds. So it's something I look forward to every time.
AAJ: One more question'what's in your CD player right now?
JS: Ella Fitzgerald, Love Songs: Best of the Verve Songbooks.
AAJ: Cool. Very cool.
Photo Credit: Martin Cohen