Just Another Day in the Park
In the early '70s, kaleidoscopic drum sounds showered the Mission District from the legendary drumming sessions at Dolores Park. It is here that Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo came of age. Now as respected world class percussionists with the Santana band, the dynamic duo has put out a tour-de-force debut album they gives props to those roots and those days of youthful rumba abandon.
Their credentials are impeccable. Rekow is the Latin rocker who played and recorded with Malo and Sapo before joining Santana in the late '70s. Perazzo rose in the '80s with Sheila E's band as well as stints with Prince before joining Santana in the '90s. Both came under the tutelage of master drummer Armando Peraza with Santana and he taught them well. It's his influence that gave them authenticity but it's their virtuosity that opened by those beats to innovation.
From the contemporary stylings of the new Cuban school of rumberos -Rumba in the park-opens the date with a "guarapachangueda" as Rekow and Perazzo convey old...