Carlos Santana Sitting in with The Derek Trucks Band

By 2002, Derek Trucks had carefully assembled his band, which had begun in 1994 and with went on hiatus in 2010 when he and Susan Tedeschi combined forces to create the locomotive Tedeschi Trucks Band. The Derek Trucks Band from 2002 to hiatus was a brilliant all-star affair with Trucks, guitar; Kofi Burbridge, flute, Hammond B3, keyboards; Todd Smallie, bass; Yonrico Scott, drums; Mike Mattison, vocals; and Count M’Butu, percussion.

These two videos come from a show sometime during that period (no date listed), from Pugs with an assist from Joe D’Amico. Carlos Santana sat in with the band. In the first video, they are in the middle of “Get Out of My Life, Woman,” then blow up Jimi Hendrix’s “Who Knows.” At 5:45, the video switches to “Anyday,” the Derek & the Dominos tune.

The second video begins innocently enough with Burbridge on flute and a lovely Latin theme that at least for a time quotes “Nature Boy,” but then the rocket launches and they are in deep space, both Trucks and Santana crushing that deep Latin groove. Observe how they give each other space with great admiration.

This recalls the incredible sit-in Santana had with Widespread Panic at The Greek Theatre 10.14.01.



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