3D Ritmo de Vida: "not your mama's salsa band".

Author:Mangual, Rudy
Position:Latin Beat Profile


Led by founding members Michael Tate and Chris Amelar (both non-Latinos), 3D Ritmo de Vida is an intriguing Latin music band. Drummer Michael Tate grew up in his native New York, influenced by the sounds of Luther Vandross, The Meters, Tiro Puente, The Eagles, José Feliciano, Benny Moré, Eddie Palmieri and Juan Luis Guerra. He fell in love with drumming at the age of six, after visiting the Caribbean islands of Saint Thomas and Barbados. By the age of 12, he began to study music and has been influenced strongly thereafter by significant mentors, such as Yogi Horton (renowned funk drummer/percussionist/member of the Luther Vandross touring band) and Bonny Bonaparte (currently drumming for the popular jazz super-band Spyro Gyra and his own band Trinity). Tate performed with Kid Creole and the Coconuts and was exposed to the rich sounds of gospel, R&B, West Indian, and Afro-Cuban music.

Guitarist Chris Amelar was raised (and still resides) in the suburbs of New Jersey. He began his studies of piano and trombone, before eventually discovering the guitar, at the age of 13. He's a graduate from William Paterson University, studying with jazz greats Rufus Reid and Harry Leahey. His influences include George Bensen, Al BiMeola and Carlos Santana, as well as The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.

Keyboardist Lenny Underwood joins them both live and in the studio, thus completing the magic of 3D Ritmo de Vida. The...

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