“Allyn Robinson is a key "missing link" in the recent history of that time and place where R&B intersected with jazz and fusion, etc.”
- Drumming Legend Peter Erskine, Modern Drummer Magazine – September 2012
Artist Website: www.allynrobinson.com
Allyn Robinson has been playing drums for over 40 years and is New Orleans best kept secret. As noted in a recent interview with blues legend Tab Benoit, “He’s one of the rare New Orleans drummers who knows how to play a blues shuffle. In fact B.B. King told him so and loved his groove.” From shuffles to Funk, R&B, 2nd Line and Zydeco, Allyn is a master of the New Orleans Rhythm Book. Born and raised in New Orleans, he has the heartbeat of the city in his soul. From this rich melting pot of music, Allyn developed a signature cadence that truly stands out and has been electrifying audiences for decades. A unique mesh of 50s R&B bedrock and classic New Orleans styles makes for an explosive mix and a memorable groove for all.
In 1971, Allyn landed the drum gig with Wayne Cochran and The C.C. Riders and his life would never be the same. Allyn’s high-energy rhythm intensity was the perfect match for this ground breaking soul band. During his tenure with Wayne Cochran, Allyn played with many great players, including Charles Brent, Red Rodney, Lee Thornburg, Al Silvestri and the legendary electric bassist, Jaco Pastorius. Anyone who witnessed the C.C. Riders in the 70s had a permanent imprint placed on their soul.
In 1972, Allyn recorded a landmark album for Epic Records at Columbia Studios in San Francisco, “Cochran,” a highly influential album as noted in this recent quote from drum legend Peter Erskine:
.... “I was listening to Allyn's drumming back in 1972 on the album "Cochran" and it had a big influence on me ... Allyn was Jaco's rhythm mate in the Wayne Cochran band (the band Jaco toured with pretty much up until the time he joined Weather Report) …Allyn was my first connection to New Orleans drumming aside from some Earl Palmer recordings, but there was something about Allyn's beat that must have gotten inside of my own beat for this is one of the only explanations of why and how Jaco decided to recommend me so strongly to Weather Report after only one hearing, i.e., he heard and sensed a rhythm comfort zone (in addition to the jazz chops I had) ... and that comfort zone came directly from Allyn's influence on me.”
During his extensive musical career, Allyn has performed and/or recorded with a diverse group of musicians including: Luther Kent, Johnny Sansone, Professor Longhair, Tab Benoit, Dr. Hook (featuring Ray Sawyer), Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Frankie Ford, Eddie Bo, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry.
In 2011, Allyn completed his debut album, Full Circle, a compilation of classic R&B and New Orleans grooves which feature several of his signature styles. This recording was the brainchild of Harry Hann, who was inspired by Allyn’s wonderful playground of grooves. Harry had been harboring a collection of original gems and a few select covers that he knew would rise to the occasion. Harry and Allyn both played with Wayne Cochran and C.C. Riders, but at different times. With two esteemed alumni of the Cochran band, accompanied by a stellar group of musicians led by bassist and musical arranger Chuck Archard, the music is electric! Full Circle received critical acclaim and laid the groundwork for a series of exciting projects featuring Allyn. The CD was released on June 2, 2012 with a concert at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl in New Orleans.
“Full Circle is an expertly made, beautifully performed party album with terrific grooves cut by Robinson and bassist Chuck Archard.”
- OffBEAT Magazine, September 2012
Allyn was featured in the September 2012 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. The article provides a wonderful retrospective on Allyn's career, including a discussion of his close relationship with Jaco Pastorius, his New Orleans background and gigs with Wayne Cochran, Dr. Hook and Tab Benoit. The full article is available at www.allynrobinson.com.
In 2013, Allyn completed his latest record, Dreams Realized, My Life In Music, a celebration of his rich musical history and a stirring tribute to Jaco Pastorius, Charles Brent and Wayne Cochran. With a 16-piece R&B big band, Allyn takes the listener on musical journey across the threshold where jazz intersects with soul, funk and rhythm & blues. From the opening track, Amelia, the first studio recording of a Jaco composition originally written and performed live with Allyn and the Cochran band in ‘73, to the Three Views of A Secret inspired, The Final View, this record is….A Dream Realized!