Ray Obiedo

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Ray Obiedo is an American contempoary jazz guitarist.

Obiedo grew up in Richmond, California, and began playing guitar at age 17. Initially he played both jazz and R&B, appearing on record with Herbie Hancock, Julian Priester, and Sheila E.. He was the leader of jazz fusion group Kick and the rock band Rhythmus 21.[1] In 1989 he signed with Windham Hill, with whom he would release five albums in eight years.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Perfect Crime (Windham Hill Jazz, 1989)
  • Iguana (Windham Hill Jazz, 1990) U.S. Top Contemporary Jazz Albums #10[2]
  • Sticks & Stones (Windham Hill Jazz, 1993) U.S. Contemporary Jazz #7[2]
  • Zulaya (Windham Hill Jazz, 1995) U.S. Contemporary Jazz #22M[2]
  • Sweet Summer Days (Windham Hill Jazz, 1997)[2]
  • Modern World (Domo Records, 1999)
  • There Goes That (Rhythmus Records, 2014)

with Bill Summers & Summers Heat[edit]

  • Cayenne (Prestige) 1977
  • Feel The Heat (Prestige) 1977
  • On Sunshine (Prestige) 1978
  • Straight To The Bank (Prestige) 1978
  • Call It Whay You Want (MCA) 1981
  • Jam The Box (MCA) 1981
  • Seventeen (MCA) 1982

with Pete Escovedo[edit]

  • Azteca / Linda Chicana (single) (TR Record) 1976
  • Solo Two (Fantasy) 1977
  • Happy Together (Fantasy) 1978
  • The Island (Esgo) 1982
  • Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories (Esgo) 1985
  • Latina Familia (as composer) feat. Tito Puente & Sheila E (Verve Polygram) 1989
  • Flying South (Concord) 1995
  • E Street (Concord) 1997
  • E Music (Concord Picante) 2000
  • Playboy Latin Jazz Christmas feat. Sheila E (Concord) 2001
  • Live at Stern Grove (Concord) 2012

with Herbie Hancock[edit]

  • Feets Don't Fail Me Now (CBS) 1979
  • Direct Step (CBS Sony) 1979
  • You Bet Your Love / 12 “ Single C B S 1979
  • Butterfly with Kimiko Kasai & Herbie Hancock (CBS Sony) 1979
  • Best of Herbie Hancock (CBS) 1979
  • Honey from the Jar/Disco Single (Columbia) 1979
  • The Very Best of Herbie Hancock (Sony Music) 1991
  • The Best of Herbie Hancock/ Vol. 2 (Sony Music) 1992
  • Herbie Hancock Dance Singles (Sony Music) 1995
  • The Hits/The Best of Herbie Hancock (Columbia) 1999
  • Tokyo Sunlight (Megadisc) 2002
  • The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 (Columbia) 2013

with Sheila E[edit]

  • Sex Cymbal (Warner Bros) 1991
  • Writes of Passage (Concord) 2000
  • Heaven (Concord) 2001

Discography as sideman[edit]

  • Johnny "Hammond" Smith Forever Taurus (Milestone) 1976
  • Bobbi Humphrey Tailor Made (Epic) 1977
  • Julian Priester Polarization (ECM) 1977 (as composer/sideman)
  • Eddie Henderson Mahal (Capitol) 1978
  • Paul Jackson Black Octopus (Toshiba-EMI) 1978
  • George Duke Master Of The Game (Epic) 1979
  • Michael Paulo Tats In The Rainbow (Trio-Kenwood) 1979
  • Webster Lewis 8 For The 80's (Epic) 1979 (as composer)
  • Mark Soskin Rhythm Vision (Prestige) 1980
  • The Waters Watercolors (Arista) 1980
  • Rodney Franklin Endless Flight (CBS) 1981
  • The Whispers Love Is Where You Find It (Solar) 1981
  • Carrie Lucas Still In Love (Solar) 1982 (as co-producer/composer/sideman)
  • Gwen Mc Crae On My Way (Atlantic) 1982 (as composer)
  • Holly Near Speed Of Light (Redwood) 1982
  • Cornelius Bumpus Beacon (Broadbeach) 1983
  • The Whispers Love For Love (Solar) 1983 (as co-producer/composer/sideman)
  • Linda Tillery Secrets (Redwood) 1985 (as producer/composer/sideman)
  • R.O.A.R. R.O.A.R. (CBS) 1985
  • Teresa Trull A Step Away (Redwood) 1986 (as composer)
  • Audrey Wheeler Let It Be Me (Capital) 1987 (as composer)
  • L.J. Reynolds Tell Me You Will (Fantasy) 1987
  • Lace Shades Of Lace (Polygram) 1987 (as composer)
  • Brenda Russell Kiss Me With The Wind (A&M) 1990
  • Lou Rawls It's Supposed To Be Fun (Blue Note) 1990
  • Rad Venus Drops (Soulciety) 1993
  • Claudia Villela Asa Verde (Taina) 1994
  • Marc Russo The Window (JVC) 1994
  • Rad Gotta Be (Soulciety) 1994
  • David Garibaldi The Funky Beat (1 & 2) (Manhattan) 1996 (as composer & sideman)
  • Grover Washington, Jr. Soulful Strut (Columbia) 1996
  • The Glide Ensemble Love To Give/Glide Memorial 1997 (as engineer)
  • The Rippingtons Black Diamond (Windham Hill Jazz) 1997 (engineer)
  • David K Mathews Down With It 1998 (as producer/engineer/sideman)
  • The Whispers Love For Love (Solar) 1998 (as co-producer/composer/sideman)
  • Braxton Brothers Now & Forever (Windham Hill) 1999
  • Delfonics Forever New (Volt) 1999
  • Marion Meadows Next To You (Heads Up) 2000 (as co-producer/composer/sideman)
  • Tom Grant Tune It In (Windham Hill) 2000 (as producer/engineer/sideman)
  • Zigaboo Modeliste Zigaboo (JZM) 2000
  • Freda Payne Come See About Me (Volt) 2001
  • Marion Meadows In Deep (Heads Up) 2002
  • Rad Live Live in Paris (7 Bridges) 2003
  • Intuit Intuit (Compost) 2004 (as co-producer/engineer/sideman)
  • Intuit Planet Birth (Compost) 2004 (as co-producer/engineer/sideman)
  • Joyce Cooling This Girl's Got To Play (Narada Jazz) 2004 (as engineer/sideman)
  • Tower Of Power Tower Of Power Live (Quantum Leap) 2004 (as composer)
  • David K Mathews The Coltrane Connection 2005 (as engineer)
  • Joyce Cooling Revolving Door (Narada Jazz) 2006 (as engineer/sideman)
  • Doc Kupka Doc Goes Hollywood (Strokeland) 2008
  • Rad Live In Japan (7 Bridges) 2008
  • Intuit Voyage No.2 (In And Out) 2011
  • Amikaeyla Being In Love (Rootsjazz) 2012 (as co-producer /engineer/sideman)
  • George Duke Complete 1970's Epic Albums (Epic) 2012
  • Pacific Mambo Orchestra Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) 2012

Touring[edit]

As sideman[edit]

with Johnny "Hammond" Smith (US Tour 1974)

with Julian Priester and Marin Intrusion (European Tour 1977)

with Herbie Hancock (US, Japan & European Tours 1978-79)

with The Harvey Mason Group featuring Merry Clayton (U S Tour 1978)

with The Rodney Franklin Group (U S Tour 1980-1983)

with Azteca (1975-1978)

with Pete & Sheila Escovedo (1978-1984)

with The Linda Tillery Group (1984-1987)

with Bill Summers & Summers Heat (US Tour 1976-79)

with The Pete Escovedo Orcheastra (1988- current)

with The Sister City Allstars (featuring Paul Jackson, Pete Escovedo & David Garibaldi) (Japan Tour 1989 -1990)

with Sheila E w/ The Pete Escovedo Orchestra - (Japan Tour 1992)

with Sheila E & The E Train (Japan Tour 2001)

with Pee Wee Ellis featuring Fred Wesly - (U S West Coast Tour Oct 2001)

with Still Black, Still Proud featuring Maceo Parker & Pee Wee Ellis, Vusi Mahlasela & Cheikh Lo (East Coast Tour 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray Obiedo at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b c d Billboard, Allmusic.com