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Ray Obiedo

g, *1952 US
Musician of R&B/Soul and Jazz

Smooth jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo was born and raised in Richmond, California, where as a child he frequently traveled to nearby San Francisco to take in free concerts by the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream; still, he did not pick up the guitar until age 17, also drawing considerable influence from acts including James Brown, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire. At the outset of his career, Obiedo regularly shifted between jazz and R&B, working with a variety of artists including Herbie Hancock, Julian Priester, and Sheila E.; he also led the fusion unit Kick as well as the rock outfit Rhythmus 21. After signing to Windham Hill, Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989's Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993's Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995's African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days, and 1999 saw Obiedo move to the Domo label for the release of Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin jazz. Owner of Werewolf Studio in Oakland, California.

        
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Keyboards
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Latin
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
Popular Tracks   
Moodswing on Sticks & Stones by Ray Obiedo
Real Life on Sticks & Stones by Ray Obiedo
Castille on Windham Hill Sampler '96 by Various Artists
Southern Side on There Goes That by Ray Obiedo
Brasileiro on Sticks & Stones by Ray Obiedo
Avila on There Goes That by Ray Obiedo
Sticks & Stones on Sticks & Stones by Ray Obiedo
Coral Keys on Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 1 by Ray Obiedo
Sharp Aztec on Carousel by Ray Obiedo
Iemanjá on Sticks & Stones by Ray Obiedo

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1Ray Obiedo2016Album
There Goes ThatRay Obiedo2015Album
Modern WorldRay Obiedo1999Album
Sweet Summer DaysRay Obiedo1997Album
ZulayaRay Obiedo1995Album
Sticks & StonesRay Obiedo1993Album
Windham Hill Records 1991 First Quarter Radio SamplerMichael Manring, Mark Isham, Ray Obiedo1991Album
IguanaRay Obiedo1990Album
Short StoriesRay Obiedo1989Album
Hot TracksRay Obiedo1989Album
Perfect CrimeRay Obiedo1989Album
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