CD - Six Panel Digipack Case
Próxima Parada is Ray's fifth CD release. For this album, He chose to create a unique sound using only guitar and percussion, re-imagining folk music through the unscripted improvisation of jazz.
When I was a kid in Tucson, Arizona, I thought being taken seriously as a musician meant choosing what kind of music I wanted to play: Rock, blues, classical or jazz. I was listening to funk and rock vinyl records but spent the days practicing Bach until my hands cramped with tendonitis, before finding myself drawn to the traditional folk music of Latin America, and eventually jazz. But I never felt I could choose just one style of music. I guess I was always searching for the next sound I wanted to hear, the next stop. And it led me to a lot of places I never thought I’d see growing up in Tucson. Los Angeles, Tokyo, Cordoba and Jerusalem are some of the places I have called home. These compositions reflect my time in each of these places, travelling and learning, playing and listening.
My latest stop is London, where I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding musicians, including my friend Satin Singh. This album was recorded with just Satin on percussion and me on guitar. I wanted to strip it down for a more intimate feel. Satin's passion for Afro-Cuban music has shaped the unique sound on this recording, grounding my compositions with his complex rhythms.
Listen to his conga percussion on 'Round Midnight. It gives a whole new interpretation to the classic. I Do is anchored by the deep spirituality of rumba. And his bata percussion on Passage and Indian congas on Road to Jericho provide a driving beat that lays the foundation for both pieces. The result is a rich sound produced from the simplest, most basic instrumentation.
The last 6 years have been a time of great change for me: I’ve both gained and lost family. I have uprooted my life more than once but I have also planted new seeds. I don't tour as much as I did when I was young. I'm too old for sleepless nights on a bus. But I now have time to reflect.
And I’ve come back around to realize that my music has no particular category and it doesn’t need to be labelled in any way. Music that moves you doesn’t need a name. This album is a part of that process of constant change. This experiencing of new things, people and places, this borrowing of ideas as I travel to my next stop has become a lifelong habit I have no intention of giving up.