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Allen Carman and Gumbi Ortiz had been friends and kindred musical spirits since the mid-80s when the percussionist sat in with the bassist’s popular Tampa-area group City Heat. The concept for The Allen Carman Project began developing when the two musicians happened to do a gig together in 2015, their first mutual appearance in many years.
After several decades on the road with Al Di Meola, Ortiz was looking to shift gears, and he mentioned that he was working with Philippe Saisse on an album. He suggested that Carman do a project with them. The bassist had never stopped playing, but he had been focused on his career as an attorney the previous twenty years. Carman jumped at the opportunity to rediscover his musical passion.
In 2019, Allen Carman, Philippe Saisse and Gumbi Ortiz formed The Allen Carman Project.. The band’s mission was simple; to write and play good music with great players. To that end, The Allen Carman Project was lucky enough to have musical contributions from Mark Antione, Rick Braun, Nile Rodgers, Andy Snitzer and Don Harrison on the band’s debut album, “Carmanology”.
The band is currently in the process of finishing their second album and have already released the singles “Rosario” (their tribute to Gato Barbiieri) and Fingerprints. Their latest single “Straight Up” continues in the same style with a little more soul. The song was written by Philippe Saisse and features Don Harris on trumpet and now full-time member, Kenny Anderson on sax. Together they bring the tight funky sound that Don’s former band, Tower of Power made famous.
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