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Savor was formed to honor the more than 50-year career of latin-rock legend Carlos Santana — from the raw power of the self-titled album issued in 1969 to the recent spate of hits with current stars.that makes Santana’s music so well-loved.

The diverse background of Savor’s rhythm section meshes perfectly when they play as a unit, which is why the complex interweaving of classic latin rhythms are so adroitly handled by this trio. Drummer Billy Haarbauer‘s subtle, relentless groove meshes perfectly with the percussion team of Lorenzo Martinez (Congas, Bongos) and Chico Hernandez (Congas, Timbales).

Complementing the rhythm section is bassist Rick Thibodeau, whose soulful flavor rounds out the famous Santana groove, while vocalist Steven Elowe‘s impressive range and power add fuel to the fire. Keyboardist David Jefferson captures the sound of each of the decades, from the bluesy organ style of Gregg Rolie to the later, jazzier flavor of Tom Coster and Chester Thompson.

Guitarist Michael Caroff delivers every trademark Santana lick, as well as the gritty tone and singing sustain that make the songs so memorable.

What hot sounds in the city should fans be listening to of yours right now?

East coast Latin, which includes salsa, merengue, samba, and more. Turn on the radio on the coast from Florida to New York, and you will hear some smokin' tunes!

How has the reception been to new music?

In general, pretty positive. And in a lot of cases, the reaction is surprising. I'm a long-haired nerdy white guy that grew up playing many kinds of music, but none of them Latin. Even our Timbale player -- after hearing the album for the first time -- asked me "how did you do that?" My answer "A lot of hard work!"

What are you looking forward to most when you sit in front of an audience?

The "vibe." There's an interesting thing that happens between a band and an audience. Even on the worst night, there's an interaction. But when the band is fired up and the audience is into it, you get this feedback loop: the band plays, the people in the audience respond to it, the band gets more inspired, which revs up the audience, etc. After a while, it becomes electric!

How do you gain perspective about your music when you bring fans into it?

Unless they love it, most listeners won't tell you how they feel about your tunes. But they'll SHOW you. If you can open yourself up to the feedback, you'll instantly know how to make your songs and your band better.

What is an album that you have on repeat right now?

There's an obscure (to most people) guitarist named Greg Howe that I've been listening to. I have all 10 of his albums, and I go through them, then start over. He's an absolutely phenomenal technician, and it inspires me to up my game as a player.

What song of YOURS do you have on repeat?

None! I rarely listen to my own music. ;)

Drop all your streaming links to make sure to get continued support on all you do!!

We were so honored to be able to interview the great band Savor so please go show up and show out with your support!

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