Music From Robby Ameen And The Days In The Night Band

by chipboaz on January 9, 2017

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There’s a large number of musicians that make a huge impact upon music in a sideman role, but despite their huge influence there, you always hope to hear more from them in a lead role. It starts with that constant reminder of their artistic vision that happens every time you listen to a new recording and say, “Who Is That?!?”, only to discover the same name in the listing. Then you start noticing the same musician stealing the show on YouTube videos, inspiring you to search their name instead of your favorite bandleader. Interviews start to appear in magazines and websites, which you devour hungerly, just wanted to find out more about this mysterious musician. You start to notice their name in writing credits and you learn about everything they have been, are, and will be doing. When that release appears with their name on the cover, taking them from sideman to bandleader, it’s a pretty exciting proposition that feels like a new plateau for your favorite musician.

Today’s video features a variety of music from drummer Robby Ameen’s album Days in the Night performed live across a variety of contexts. Previous to this release, Ameen had created quite a reputation as a sideman playing behind a number of musicians in both the salsa and jazz realms. His ground breaking role came as the drummer for salsa icon Ruben Baldes as part of Seis del Solar, creating a sound that infused modern salsa with a healthy dose of jazz flavor. He has been an active contributor to Latin Jazz, playing with Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side Band, Dave Valentin, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, and Hilton Ruiz. He has branched outside of Latin Jazz as well, playing alongside jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Swallow, and more. Drummers around the world owe Ameen a debt of gratitude for introducing them to Afro-Cuban rhythms through his iconic book Funkifying The Clave: Afro-Cuban Grooves For Drums And Bass. Ameen has recorded as a co-leader, creating several albums with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, such as the fantastic Robby and Negro At the Third World War.. Ameen released his first album as a leader in 2009, Days In the Life, and followed that in 2015 with Days in the Night. These have been exciting albums, so we’ll have to hope that Ameen will give us more output as a bandleader. For now, we can get a taste of his work on Days in the Night with this video.

Do you have a Latin Jazz video to share? E-mail a link to latinjazzcorner@gmail.com

Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Stars Performing Slowvisor
Exploring The Art Of The Trio With Bill O’Connell & Triple Play
Harold Lopéz-Nussa Trio Revisits Irakere With Bacalao Con Pan
Pablo Ziegler Performs Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango At Berkeley
Al McKibbon Performing Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida

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