Raydience

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Less a permanent group than a recording project, jazz ensemble Raydience are the brainchild of guitarist/singer Ronnie Ray Padilla, the composer of all the songs on this self-titled debut album and the only musician heard playing on all ten tracks. Padilla's most frequent partners are keyboardist Eric Levy, bassist Kai Eckhardt, and drummer Billy Johnson, each of whom appears on eight tracks, that is, every one except the acoustic "Arcenio's Garden" and the Brazilian "Bahian Smiles." Padilla's conception for Raydience is broad and inclusive; he establishes his desire to travel the world musically on the first tune, "Zambula," which begins in a South African style ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Less a permanent group than a recording project, jazz ensemble Raydience are the brainchild of guitarist/singer Ronnie Ray Padilla, the composer of all the songs on this self-titled debut album and the only musician heard playing on all ten tracks. Padilla's most frequent partners are keyboardist Eric Levy, bassist Kai Eckhardt, and drummer Billy Johnson, each of whom appears on eight tracks, that is, every one except the acoustic "Arcenio's Garden" and the Brazilian "Bahian Smiles." Padilla's conception for Raydience is broad and inclusive; he establishes his desire to travel the world musically on the first tune, "Zambula," which begins in a South African style before moving to West Africa, the mbaqanga guitar playing giving way to juju rhythm work and dense polyrhythms over seven and a half minutes. South America is touched on not only in "Bahian Smiles" but also in "Angelica," with its gentle rhythm supporting a soprano sax line by George Brooks shadowed by Padilla's guitar. Despite his affection for the many variants of world music, Padilla also shows a knowledge of 1970s-style American jazz fusion, and he even throws in a couple of vocal numbers in a contemporary jazz vein. It's an eclectic mixture that seems to have something for everyone, or at least for the more adventurous of jazz fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Megawave Records
  • UPC: 603408003323
  • Catalog Number: 332
  • Sales rank: 247,613

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zambula (7:39)
  2. 2 Arcenio's Garden (3:16)
  3. 3 Setting Birds Free (4:42)
  4. 4 My Brother, My Brother (5:04)
  5. 5 Angelica (6:17)
  6. 6 You Are My Rainbow (4:48)
  7. 7 Shakti Ma (5:01)
  8. 8 Tara Nova (5:33)
  9. 9 Bahian Smiles (4:23)
  10. 10 Dancing In the Rain (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raydience Primary Artist
Fareed Haque Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kenneth Nash Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Sounds
Rasaki Aladokun Percussion, talking drum
Celso Alberti Percussion, Drums
Vernon "Ice" Black Rhythm Guitar
George Brooks Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Paul Hanson Bassoon
Eric Levy Keyboards
Billy Johnson Drums
Claudia Villela Vocals
Alan Hertz Overdubs
Gary Brown Bass, Acoustic Bass
Kai Eckhardt Bass
Salar Nader Tabla
Tom Size Overdubs
Billy "Shoes" Johnson Drums
Frank Martin Synthesizer, Keyboards, Soloist
Andrea Vecchione Vocals
Amber Hindz Vocals
Caroluna Michealson Voices
Danjuma Adamo Electric Guitar
Celso Aberti Overdubs
Brad Bellkamp Overdubs
Doyal Johnson Overdubs
Julia Freshwater Vocals
Ronnie Ray Padilla Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Alto Flute, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Overdubs, Sounds, Soloist, Native American Flute
Marquinio Brazil Dumbek, Percussion, Bells, Sounds
Billy Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Celso Alberti Producer, drum programming
Mic Gillette Horn Arrangements
Eric Levy Arranger, Producer
Claudia Villela Producer
John Palmer Layout
Tom Size Mastering, Overdub Producer
Anita Joseph Composer, Lyricist
Eostar Kamala Cover Photo
Don Cardoza Back Cover Photo
Will Evankovich Producer, Vocal Overdubs
Ronnie Ray Padilla Arranger, Composer, Producer
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