Although he’s been a leading drummer on the Latin pop and jazz scene for over two decades, this is the first album where Robby Ameen has served as both leader and principal composer/arranger. Definitely a drummer’s date, it spotlights Ameen’s versatility, with the emphasis on Afro-Cuban rhythms and rocking beats. It’s not surprising that he and the CD’s bassist, Lincoln Goines, co-authored a method book titled Funkifying the Clave: Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums. The pair is joined here by pianist/keyboardist John Beasley, a core trio expanded variously by guitarist Wayne Krantz, conguero Richie Flores, trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch.
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