Modern World

Modern World

by Ray Obiedo
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Modern World

One of Windham Hill's core jazz guitarists long before the label became a smooth jazz haven, Ray Obiedo jumps ship to a new label but offers up the same appealing mix of in-the-pocket radio-ready niceties (the bubbly and melodic "Carousel") and more aggressive and exotic Latin extravaganzas like "Sunset." While Obiedo is effective at communicating easy pop-oriented messages, he's at his best when challenging himself. "Sunset" finds him in a note-for-note duet with the unmistakable Caribbean steel pan sounds of Andy Narell as wordless female vocals -- and some dense percussion provided by Pete Escovedo and others -- soar and swirl in the background. Narell then carries the tune further alongside the amazing flute of Norbert Stachel. What's amazing about Obiedo is that, despite his crack electric guitar ability, he loves sharing the spotlight with his all-star guests. Chief among these is harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, who carries the middle verses of "Slow Hot Wind" -- a meditative arrangement of the Henry Mancini classic -- on a lazy but passionate breeze. Obiedo also kicks back on the title track and lets it become a playground for saxman Bob Mintzer and flutist Stachel to bounce off of each other. That song also features a honking trumpet solo by Bill Ortiz. Although on some tracks you might wonder just whose disc this is, Obiedo returns to the sort of unique experimentation (within a melodic framework) that characterized some of his best Windham Hill recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/1999
Label: Domo Records
UPC: 0724384749026
catalogNumber: 47490

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Obiedo   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Guitar (Baritone)
Henry Mancini   Track Performer
Pete Escovedo   Conga,Shaker,Wood Block,Shakere
Bob Mintzer   Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Ohlson   Bass
Celso Alberti   Cymbals
Jon Bendich   Conga
Sandy Cressman   Vocals
Peter Horvath   Piano
Jenny Meltzer   Vocals
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Timbales,Guiro,Tamborim
Michael Spiro   Pandeiro,Shaker,Quica,Tamborim
Norbert Stachel   Tenor Saxophone
Marc van Wageningen   Bass
Becky West   Vocals
Nelson Braxton   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Obiedo   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
David Garibaldi   drum programming

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a shame Ray Obiedo has not been given the credit he deserves. He is the poster child of latin smooth jazz. And another interesting thing is he's from my home town of Richmond, California. He is the sound of the Bay area.