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  • Ray Obiedo (2017)

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    Born just up the road, in Richmond, California, guitarist and composer Ray Obiedo started playing in his last year at high school.

    Early on, Ray synthesized the unique northern California eclectic mix of ethnic sounds and rhythms: R&B, Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, and Brazilian rhythms. Balancing this, he was also influenced by seeing some of the greatest rock bands—such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Isaac Hayes, Sly Stone, and so on—live at the Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland.

    In the '70s and '80s, Ray focused on mastering not only the guitar but also the art of songwriting. As well as doing a lot of studio work, he did records with Herbie Hancock, Julian Priester, Sheila E, and Pete Escovedo. As a leader himself, he did five recordings on the Windham Hill label.

    Over the years, Ray has developed a great ear for production and engineering, and has his own studio—Werewolf. His latest recording as a leader is "Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 1".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Miles Davis Seven Steps to Heaven So Near, So Far Columbia
    # 2 Herbie Hancock The Prisoner Firewater Blue Note
    # 3 Paula Cole Courage Lonelytown Decca
    # 4 Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway For All We Know Atlantic
    # 5 John Williams The Terminal Jazz Autographs Universal
    # 6 Ornette Coleman Science Fiction All My Life Sony
    # 7 Ivan Lins Acariocando A Gente Merece Ser Feliz Oilua
    # 8 Tower of Power In the Shot On the Serious Side Warner Bros
    # 9 Weather Report Mr Gone Punk Jazz Sony
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    Luxury Item "Glasses: I need my readers and my distance glasses. I need two pairs of glasses!"
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