Shrieve in 2016
|Born||July 6, 1949|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Michael Shrieve (born July 6, 1949) is an American drummer, percussionist, and composer. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Santana, playing on the band's first seven albums from 1969 to 1974. Shrieve was the second youngest musician to perform at Woodstock in 1969, being aged 20. His drum solo during "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying", even if he considers his drum solo during "Soul Sacrifice" in 1970 at Tanglewood as being better.
Shrieve's first full-time band was called Glass Menagerie, followed by experience in the house band of an R&B club, backing touring musicians including B.B. King and Etta James. At 16, Shrieve played in a jam session at the Fillmore Auditorium, where he attracted the attention of Santana's manager, Stan Marcum. When he was 19, Shrieve jammed with Santana at a recording studio and was invited to join that day.
On August 16, 1969, Santana played the Woodstock Festival, shortly after Shrieve's twentieth birthday, but before the release of their eponymous first album (1969). He remained with Santana for Abraxas (1970), Santana III (1971), Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Borboletta (1974) and the live Lotus (1974). He co-wrote four of the tracks on Caravanserai, as well as co-produced the album.
Shrieve left the original Santana band to pursue solo projects. He moved to London to record the 1976 album Automatic Man with guitarist Pat Thrall, bass guitarist Doni Harvey and keyboardist Todd Cochran (billed as Bayete). While in London Shrieve was part of the fusion supergroup Go with Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and Klaus Schulze, releasing two studio albums Go (1976) and Go Too (1977) and the live album Go Live from Paris (1976).
He played in the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (with Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, and Kenny Aaronson). Later, he played drums on (former Supertramp member) Roger Hodgson's first solo album, In the Eye of the Storm.
From 1979 to 1984, Shrieve collaborated as a percussionist in Richard Wahnfried, a side project of Klaus Schulze (another drummer turned electronic composer) while recording with Schulze his own first "solo" album of electronic music, Transfer Station Blue, in 1984.
Shrieve was also credited for playing percussion on the 1980 album Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones and in 1984, he played on Mick Jagger's She's the Boss album. When Jagger, Nile Rodgers and Shrieve were mixing the album at The Power Station in New York City, Jaco Pastorius invited Shrieve for a recording session downstairs. This recording remains unreleased.
Shrieve has also collaborated with David Beal, Andy Summers, Steve Roach, Jonas Hellborg, Buckethead, Douglas September, and others. He has served as a session player on albums by Todd Rundgren and Jill Sobule.
As of April 2010, Shrieve lives in Seattle, Washington, where he plays in a fusion jazz group, Spellbinder, with Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, Raymond Larsen, and Farko Dosumov.
Shrieve currently plays a DW Collector's Series drum set and recently joined the Istanbul Agop cymbals family. He's played a variety of other drum sets in the past as well including sets by Camco, Premier and most notably, Ludwig, as seen in the Woodstock footage. He also played both Zildjian and later Paiste cymbals in his early days before becoming a long time Sabian user.
In March 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine Readers picked The Best Drummers of All Time: Shrieve ranked #10.
(This is a partial discography.)
- (1969) with Santana — Santana
- (1970) with Santana — Abraxas
- (1971) with Santana — Santana III
- (1972) with Santana — Caravanserai
- (1973) with Santana — Love Devotion Surrender
- (1973) with Santana — Welcome
- (1974) with Santana — Borboletta
- (1976) with Automatic Man
- (1976) with Go/Stomu Yamashta
- (1979) with Richard Wahnfried — Time Actor (percussion)
- (1980) with Pat Travers Band — Crash and Burn (percussion)
- (1981) with Klaus Schulze - Trancefer (percussion)
- (1981) with Novo Combo — Novo Combo
- (1981) with Richard Wahnfried — Tonwelle
- (1982) with Novo Combo — Animation Generation
- (1983) with Klaus Schulze - Audentity (EEH Computer/Simmons Drums)
- (1984) with Richard Wahnfried — Megatone (percussion)
- (1984) with Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (HSAS) — Through the Fire
- (1984) with Roger Hodgson — In the Eye of the Storm
- (1988) with Steve Roach — The Leaving Time
- (1993) with Jonas Hellborg and Buckethead — Octave of the Holy Innocents
- (1995) with Shawn Lane, Jonas Hellborg, Bill Frisell & Wayne Horovitz
- (1997) with ex-Santana members — Abraxas Pool
- (2004) with Revolution Void — Increase the Dosage (one track)
- (2016) with Santana — Santana IV
- (1971) If I Could Only Remember My Name (David Crosby, one track)
- (1984) Transfer Station Blue (with Kevin Shrieve & Klaus Schulze, recorded 1979–83)
- (1986) In Suspect Terrain (EMC 8100)
- (1989) Big Picture (with David Beal)
- (1989) Stiletto (with Mark Isham, David Torn, Andy Summers, & Terje Gewelt)
- (1989) The Leaving Time (with Steve Roach)
- (1994) Fascination (with Bill Frisell & Wayne Horvitz)
- (1995) Two Doors (Door 1 with Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane) (Door 2 with Bill Frisell & Wayne Horvitz)
- (2005) Oracle (with Amon Tobin) Available only on iTunes
- (2006) Drums of Compassion (with Jeff Greinke, Jack DeJohnette, Zakir Hussain, & Airto Moreira)
- (1998) Douglas September — Ten Bulls (producer)
- (2007) AriSawkaDoria — Chapter One (coproducer)
- (2009) Sam Shrieve — "Bittersweet Lullabies" (producer)
Approaches to making music, other musicians
Shrieve has said he does not think about which musicians are most talented, believing that each brings something to the situation.
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- Cianci, Bob (July 1, 2006). Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties. Hal Leonard. p. 215. ISBN 0-634-09925-6.
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- McCarthy, Jim; Sansoe, Ron (November 1, 2004). Voices of Latin rock: people and events that created this sound. Hal Leonard. pp. 184–187. ISBN 0-634-08061-X.
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- Thodoris, Από (January 29, 2015). "Interview: Michael Shrieve". Hit Channel. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
- "Revolution Void - Electronic Breakbeat Jazz". Revolution Void. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- "IMDB credit list". IMDB. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- "Santana Biography". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- "Rolling Stone Readers Pick Best Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
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