is Carlos Santana's 36th album and the 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force featuring tracks spanning from the late 1990's to the present. It's powered throughout by Carlos' instantly recognizable virtuoso lead guitar and the Santana Band's world-class musicianship (with one song featuring vocals from Santana's lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). Shape Shifter
comprises mostly original compositions that have been stashed away for such an instrumental project and Carlos conceived the album's sequence as thoughtfully as the track selection.
Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs. With the 2010 release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
, Santana joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least ine top ten album in each decade from the 1960s. Among other honors, Carlos Santana is no.20 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.