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Bill O’Connell: Jazz Latin (Savant)

The latest release from pianist Bill O’Connell is generic in name only. In many ways, it’s a distinctly personal statement, inspired by the recent passing of flutist Dave Valentin and drummer Kim Plainfield, the legacy of significant influences (Monk and Jobim, as well as O’Connell’s mother), and the opportunity to cast a seasoned trio, featuring … Read More “Bill O’Connell: Jazz Latin (Savant)”

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Robby Ameen: Days in the Life

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 … Read More “Robby Ameen: Days in the Life”

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