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David K. Mathews (Santana) Touring Rig


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Chopped Hammond at 3:00, at 1:18:30 (great), 1:32:04

Yamaha CP5 piano featured at 23:45, at 47:30, at 57:35

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Harry Likas was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book." Find 700 of Harry’s piano arrangements of standards for educational purposes and jazz piano tutorials at www.Patreon.com/HarryLikas


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The CP5 sounds good coming through the huge sound system, and recorded. I don't hear any "not cutting through" issues there. ;)


David sounds good on those two hand Montuno vamps and solos. Isn't that McLaughlin at 56:13 ?


Someone commented that this was from 2015, not '18. That makes more sense because I thought I read a FB post awhile back from DM saying he was using a CP4.

My friend Keith Saunders was looking for a keyboard replacement and a few of us chimed in about the CP4.

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Someone commented that this was from 2015, not '18.

Dave, you are correct, 1:42.19 reveals that this was filmed in 2015.


I went to Santana's 2013 and 2017 Adelaide concerts, Mathews played in both. Unfortunately I was a little too far away from the action to confirm what DP he was using in 2017. What he did use sounded crystal clear in the outdoor FOH mix.


I like the way he sets up his rig in that "L" so he's pointing obliquely back across the stage towards the band, but also towards the audience.

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I seen Carlos at the House of Blues in Vegas a few years back. Great show. After the show Dave, Benny Rietveld (bass) and Ray Greene (vocals) come out and hung with us for a while at the bar. Nice guys!!!!
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David is one of my favorite players.


I saw him in a parking lot with Chris Cain in Mt. Angel Oregon ( population 1000 ) and the guy laid down the history of jazz piano in a 3 minute solo. He went from Ragtime to Cecil Taylor and just about everything in between. Brilliant.


During that time he was using a Roland FP4 and an Electro 2 for organ. The piano sounded so good that it made me take a serious look at Roland of that period. John Cleary was also getting some good results from a Roland RD700GX during about the same time - during the earlier part of the decade I suppose.


I am hoping Carlos gives him the space he deserves.I know Carlos had a few people in there after Chester Thompson left. David is up to doing whatever that gig would require I'm sure.

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He's OK. I didn't care for his takes on stock solos. Not his fault when things are so Iconic. It doesn't mean he was a bad player but last summer the mix was bad when I saw him.

"Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"






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