The career that Santana launched since that time has been likewise legendary, filled with critical and commercial peaks that have been rarely equaled by any of his contemporaries. Whether via the aesthetic beauty of such classic early Santana albums as Abraxas, Caravanserai and Borboletta, or the commercial triumph of 1999's Supernatural, the guitarist has consistently crafted works that have resonated both with critics and the general public--a rarity--for over 40 years.
The album was the brainchild of storied record executive Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, the man who initially brought Santana to Columbia Records in the late '60s and whose role in the music industry remains among entertainment's most fascinating and impressive.
Late last month in Las Vegas, exec Davis hosted an exclusive VIP listening event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in which he proudly played a number of tracks from the album in the company of Santana himself and a number of guest stars and celebrities in town for the event. Y! Music's Lyndsey Parker was there, present on the red carpet, and spoke with several celebs in attendance about the new album.
The next morning, Y! Music caught an audience with the major players in attendance--Carlos Santana and Clive Davis--and had a fascinating discussion about Guitar Heaven, about the creative process behind it, and the music that continues to make Carlos Santana an international sensation well into the 21st century.