6 July 1949|
San Francisco, California, United States
|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve
Michael Shrieve (born July 6, 1949, in San Francisco) is an American drummer, percussionist, and later, an electronic music composer. He is best known as the drummer in Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974. His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was just 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival. Shrieve's drum solo during an extended version of "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying".
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, he 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. The 2004 two-disc Legacy release of Santana features additional tracks recorded before Shrieve joined the band.
On August 16, 1969, Santana played the Woodstock Festival, shortly after Shreive's twentieth birthday, but before the release of their eponymous first album (1969). He would continue 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, England to record the 1976 album Automatic Man with guitarist Pat Thrall, bassist 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, he 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.
He 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, at The White Rabbit every Monday night in Fremont, Seattle, with Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, John Fricke, and Farko Dosumov.
He recently worked as a producer on his son Sam Shrieve's debut album Bittersweet Lullabies.
In March 2011, Rolling Stone Readers picked The Best Drummers of All Time: Shrieve ranked #10.
(This is a partial discography.)
- (1969) with Santana — Santana (drums)
- (1970) with Santana — Abraxas (drums)
- (1971) with Santana — Santana III (drums)
- (1972) with Santana — Caravanserai (drums)
- (1973) with Santana — Welcome (drums)
- (1974) with Santana — Borboletta (drums)
- (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 Novo Combo — Novo Combo (drums)
- (1981) with Richard Wahnfried — Tonwelle (drums)
- (1982) with Novo Combo — Animation Generation (drums)
- (1984) with Richard Wahnfried — Megatone (percussion)
- (1984) with Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (HSAS) — Through the Fire (drums)
- (1984) with Roger Hodgson — In the Eye of the Storm (drums)
- (1993) with Jonas Hellborg and Buckethead — Octave of the Holy Innocents (drums)
- (1997) with ex-Santana members — Abraxas Pool (drums)
- (2004) with Revolution Void — Increase the Dosage (drums) (one track)
- (1971) If Only I Could Remember My Name (David Crosby one track )
- (1984) Transfer Station Blue (with Kevin Shrieve & Klaus Schulze, recorded 1979–83)
- (1989) Big Picture (with David Beal)
- (1989) Stiletto (with Mark Isham, David Torn, Andy Summers, & Terje Gewelt)
- (1989) The Leaving Time (with Steve Roach)
- (1995) Two Doors (with Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane)
- (2001) Fascination (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)
- Official website
- Michael Shrieve Biography
- 2013 Audio Interview with Michael Shrieve from the podcast "I'd Hit That"
- Interview on Rundgren Radio April 6, 2010