ARTIST:

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME

(2020)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

JAZZ

/ ROCK
TAGS:
Funky, Fusion, Groovy, Jazzy
"Too long and too rarely inspired, "Give The Drummer Some" is an album to be quickly forgotten, as it doesn't do justice to Cindy Blackman Santana's talent."
NEWF (07.01.2021)  
2/5
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Cindy Blackman Santana had to work even harder than the others to make a place for herself in the small world of drummers. As an African-American woman, nothing was a foregone conclusion for her. But her work, talent and perseverance finally broke down resistance. First in the world of jazz, then in rock, where she made a name for herself accompanying Lenny Kravitz, and of course her husband Carlos Santana, who asked her to marry him on stage. Alas, being gifted on the drums does not imply being gifted at composing music. At least that's what comes out from listening to "Give The Drummer Some".

This album falls into the category of annoying records, by its duration (17 tracks), by its lack of coherence and by its obvious inability to offer more or less structured titles. Let's say that "Give The Drummer Some" sounds less like a real album than a playlist of Cindy Blackman Santana's influences. And who says playlist says patchwork, and who says patchwork says approximate assembly of musical patterns so different that the whole is finally without coherence.

Between jazz, rock and funk, the American woman doesn't really know where to go and quite frankly, neither do we. Especially since, apart from a few tracks featuring the great John McLaughlin on guitar (the jazz rock 'We Came To Play' and the very funky 'Superbad') or the excellent Bill Ortiz on trumpet ('Miles Away', a short tribute to Miles Davis), the level of the compositions is most of the time desperately poor. The funk tracks stretch in length and look more like jam sessions than really constructed compositions ('Fun Party Splash', 'Social Justice', 'She's Got It Going On'). And it's only with real jazz tracks that "Give The Drummer Some" finds a semblance of interest, especially 'Velocity' with its beautiful rhythmic challenge and 'Everybody's Dancin' with its soul jazz atmosphere that reminds us nicely of the 70s.

Too long, too often insipid and too rarely inspired, "Give The Drummer Some" is an album to be quickly forgotten, as it doesn't do justice to Cindy Blackman Santana's talent.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
CARLOS SANTANA


TRACK LISTING:
01. Imagine
02. We Came To Play
03. She’s Got It Goin’ On
04. Miles Away
05. Everybody’s Dancin’
06. Velocity
07. I Need A Drummer
08. Superbad
09. You Don’t Wanna Breaka My Heart
10. Evolution Revolution
11. Change Is In Your Hands
12. Dance Party
13. Fun Party Splash
14. Social Justice
15. Twilight Mask
16. Mother Earth
17. Black Pearl

LINEUP:
Cindy Blackman Santana: Chant / Batterie
Carlos Santana: Guitares / Invité
John Mclaughlin: Guitares / Invité
Kirk Hammett: Guitares / Invité
Vernon Reid: Guitares / Invité
   
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