3D


Latin rhythms seduced the members of 3D and made them record their first Latin album RITMO DE VIDA, a vibrant production filled with unforgettable melodies and kicking grooves.

Curiously enough, Michael Tate and Chris Amelar, the founding members of 3D, are not Latinos, and this fact makes the end result much more significant. "I was both curious and intrigued when I was first approached about writing lyrics for their original songs", admits Lino Iglesias who wrote the lyrics for three of the songs included in the album. "After listening to their music, I was pleasantly surprised. The melodies created by Michael and Chris are fluent, dynamic and contain a distinctive and progressive personality, influenced by R&B, Reggae, Soca and other Caribbean rhythms".

Tate and Amelar are the founders and the core of 3D. The band formed in 1999 has evolved from a unique cover band to a powerful ensemble. The band takes its name from three words beginning with the letter D: dynamic, diverse and danceable. Keyboardist Lenny Underwood joins them in live performances and on this recording. This is their second album, the first one entitled World Beat Dance featured R&B, Gospel, Soca and the sounds of New Orleans.

Drummer Michael Tate grew up in his native New York influenced by the music of Luther Vandross, The Meters, Tito Puente, The Eagles, Jose Feliciano, Beny More and Pedro Flores. His interest in the drums began at the early age of 6, when he traveled to the islands of St. Thomas and Barbados. At 12 he began to study music with significant mentors such as Yogi Horton and Bonny Bonaparte.

Playing with Kid Creole and the Coconuts moved him towards the rich sounds of West Indian, Afro Cuban music and R&B. These are his music precedents, "but since I discovered Salsa with all of its percussion mixed with a great swing, I became a fan", he explains.

Chris Amelar was raised and still lives in the suburbs of New Jersey. He tried several instruments like the piano and trombone before eventually discovering the guitar at age 13. After high school Amelar attended and graduated from William Paterson University, studying with jazz greats Rufus Reid and Harry Leahey.

His early guitar influences were George Benson, Al DiMeola and Carlos Santana, but his composing spirit lies with strong melodic writers including the Beatles and Stevie Wonder. "I became interested in Latin music after college and have since become a fan of Eddie Palmieri, Juan Luis Guerra and others. I used to listen to Santana and played his music in my teen years. Another sound that captured my attention was the sound of the Tres (Cuban guitar), which I heard for the first time on the record Mi Tierra by Gloria Estefan".

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El sabor incomparable de los ritmos latinos sedujo a los integrantes de 3D para lanzar su �lbum RITMO DE VIDA, una producci�n vibrante llena de melod�as inolvidables.

Curiosamente Michael Tate y Chris Amelar, fundadores de la banda, no son latinos y esto es lo que hace a�n m�s significativo el resultado final. "Sent� mucha curiosidad e intriga" admite Lino Iglesias quien escribi� las letras para tres de los temas en el disco. "Al escuchar sus composiciones musicales se disip� toda curiosidad. Las melod�as creadas por Michael y Chris son fuertes, din�micas e impregnadas con una personalidad progresivamente distinta producto de sus antecedentes musicales de R&B, reggae, soca y otros ritmos caribe�os".

Tate y Amelar son los motores creativos que impulsan a 3D. El grupo fundado en 1999 toma su nombre de 3 palabras que se inician con la letra D: din�mico, diverso y bailable (danceable en ingl�s). El tecladista Lenny Underwood se une a ellos en shows y en RITMO DE VIDA. Este es su segundo disco, el primero World Beat Dance se centr� en R&B, Gospel y el sonido de Nueva Orle�ns, RITMO DE VIDA es su primer �lbum latino.

El baterista Michael Tate, original de la ciudad de Nueva York, se cri� influenciado por la m�sica de Luther Vandross, The Meters, Tito Puente, The Eagles, Jos� Feliciano, Beny Mor� y Pedro Flores. Su inter�s en la bater�a se despert� a los 6 a�os de edad cuando viaj� a las islas caribe�as de St. Thomas y Barbados. A los 12 comenz� a estudiar m�sica con mentores tan importantes como Yogi Horton y Bonny Bonaparte.

Tate toc� junto al grupo Kid Creole y los Coconuts, experiencia que lo llev� a interesarse en el rico sonido caribe�o, Afro Cubano y el R&B. Esos son sus antecedentes musicales, "pero desde que descubr� la salsa con todas sus partes percusivas entrelazadas con un gran swing, me convert� en un fan�tico del g�nero", explica.

Chris Amelar creci� y a�n vive en los suburbios de Nueva Jersey. Intent� con varios instrumentos como el piano y el tromb�n antes de descubrir la guitarra a la edad de 13 a�os. Despu�s de la secundaria, fue a la Universidad William Paterson donde tuvo la oportunidad de estudiar con grandes del jazz como Rufus Reid y Harry Leahey.

Entre sus influencias se encuentran George Benson, Al DiMeola y Carlos Santana, aunque su inspiraci�n al componer va de la mano de los Beatles y Stevie Wonder. "Me interes� en la m�sica latina al finalizar la universidad. Sol�a escuchar y tocar las canciones de Santana en mi adolescencia. Otra cosa que me llam� la atenci�n fue el sonido del Tres, que escuch� por primera vez en el tema de Gloria Estefan "Mi Tierra".

RITMO DE VIDA es una producci�n con 10 temas compuestos excepcionalmente que retan la categorizaci�n convencional de otros g�neros musicales. "Toda la m�sica que escribimos tiene una melod�a y l�ricas en mente. A mucha gente le gusta cantar, por lo que decidimos crear nuestros primeros arreglos vocales para introducir nuestra m�sica a una audiencia mucho m�s amplia".

Para este disco 3D invit� a Herm�n Olivera a que prestara su voz en 3 de los temas incluyendo "Mi Amor tu volver�s", una salsa dram�tica que trata sobre un hombre descorazonado escogida para ser el primer sencillo; el bolero "Sobrevivir"; y el tema "Ritmo de Vida" que da nombre al �lbum, donde se destaca el ingenio r�tmico creativo de Tate con una mezcla de plena, merengue y otros ritmos caribe�os.

"Country Cubano" es un arreglo instrumental que pinta un escenario iniciando en el Viejo Oeste, pasa por una fiesta rumbera en La Habana y termina en una iglesia Afro-Americana del sur. Ray Vega completa con un extraordinario solo de trompeta.

"Otra Vez", "Guanta Rico", la salsoca "Con las manos arriba", y el jazz latino de "Eliana" complementan el repertorio junto con las versiones instrumentales de "Mi amor tu volver�s" (My love will return) y "Sobrevivir" (I�ll get by).

Con RITMO DE VIDA, 3D establece un nuevo estilo musical de car�cter global, con el que su audiencia puede bailar o sentarse tranquilamente a disfrutar de la m�sica en un viaje musical �inolvidable!

LISTADO DE TEMAS
01. Mi amor tu volver�s � con Herm�n Olivera
02. Sobrevivir � con Herm�n Olivera
03. Ritmo de Vida � con Herm�n Olivera
04. Country Cubano
05. Otra Vez
06. Guanta Rico
07. Con las manos arriba
08. Eliana
09. My love will return
10. I�ll get by

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