Ray Obiedo

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

San Francisco, California, USA. Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo had an eclectic musical background during his youth, spent in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Here the sounds of Miles Davis, Henry Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the imported soul and pop of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sound was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique. In the early 80s his reputation grew as one of California’s finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. He joined organist Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith on tour, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester. His own fusion band, Kick, included Sheila E. on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. His other outlet during this time was the pop rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay...

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