Karl Perazzo & Paoli Mejias – Santana’s ‘New Machine’

Karl Perazzo & Paoli Mejias – Santana’s ‘New Machine’

BY DAVID A. BRENSILVER | PHOTOS BY FRANCIS GEORGE | FROM DRUM! MAGAZINE’S MAY 2018 ISSUE Percussionist Karl Perazzo refers to Santana’s rhythm section as “The New Machine.” While Perazzo’s been a member of the iconic guitarist’s group since 1991, conga player and longtime pal Paoli Mejias, as well as drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, are relative newcomers, joining the ensemble