Ronnie Ray Padilla assembles an all star cast of jazz players, including members of Tower of Power Megawave and MVD Audio are proud to announce the CD release of Raydience â€“ S/T on January 26, 2010. You know you have something special when current and former members of Tower of Power, Garaj Mahal, and A-list touring and session players for Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Weather Report, Herbie Han*****, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Etta James, and the Pointer Sisters join in on one project.
In this debut, guitarist/ vocalist Ronnie Ray Padilla has assembled some of the finest players (Mic Gillette on trumpet and trombone, George Brooks on saxophone, Vernon "Ice" Black on guitar, Eric Levy on keyboards, Gary Brown on bass, Kenneth Nash on percussion, Celso Alberti and Billy Johnson on drums, among others) who spark a world jazz chemistry that demands repeated listening. A special thank you to my late parents and brother, Arcenio (Archie), Dora Padilla and Archie Jr., who always encouraged me to compose and play music; my new self-adoped parents 'Ammachi' (Sudhamani) and Dali Lama; the Tineh (Navajo) tribal leaders and Grandmothers at Big Mountain, Arizona, Apache tribal leaders at White Mountain, Colorado, and the Mescalero Apache Grandmothers in New Mexico. A big thank you to Kai Eckhardt, for 'getting the ball rolling', great afro-euro bass grooves, and for bringing Eric Levy into the project, Eric's attention to detail, ease to work with, input, and brilliant playing; to long time friend, Kenneth Nash, for the many prayers, constant encouragement for well over 20 years, and of his 'Gogan' (Gauguin) percussion/sound painting; to Tom Size for 'making it right' in all those many big and tiny ways, a true honor; Thomas Richard and Judy Joiner (Sea of Chi.com) for being there as family and beyond; to Aaron Stone for connecting me to John Palmer and Pat Matheny; to my beloved Vanessa Lamb, who lovingly pushed and inspired me to the finish; to my Divine Creatorâ€¦ each breath, each heartbeat, and every vibration we see, feel, and hearâ€¦in all of that which flows through This river of lifeâ€¦and especially to all these World Class musicians, and their passionate postitve attitudes, ready to take it to the world. It's been my intent to melt apathy globally, with these sounds and more. - Ronnie Ray Padilla (Skreeching Hawk) Hi Res Cover Art: http://files.dvdnote.com/images/300dpi/MVDV4927.jpg Direct Link to Purchase: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MEGW0332 TRACKLIST: 1. Zambula 7:39 2. Arcenio's Garden 3:16 3. Setting Birds Free 4:42 4. My Brother, My Brother 5:04 5. Angelica 6:17 6. You Are My Rainbow 4:48 7. Shakti Ma 5:01 8. Tara Nova 5:33 9. Bahian Smiles 4:23 10. Dancing In The Rain 5:24 Produced by Ronnie Ray Padilla & co-produced by Eric Levy, except 'Bahian Smiles' produced by Ronnie Ray Padilla and co-produced with Celso Alberti and Claudia Villela Engineered by Tom Size (overdubs, mixing, mastering & co-produced guitar overdubs), Celso Aberti (tracking and overdubs), Brad Bellkamp (tracking and overdubs), Alan Hertz (editing and overdubs), Doyal Johnson (overdubs), Ronnie Ray Padilla (overdubs), Will Evankovich (vocal overdubs & production on 'You Are My Rainbow') Recorded at A&D Studios, East Bay, California USA Additional recording, mixing and mastering at Tomland Studios, Concord, California USA All music composed and arranged by Ronnie Ray Padilla (ASCAP) Additional arrangements co-arranged with Eric Levy: Shakti Ma, Angelica, Dancing In The Rain, and Tara Nova Horn arrangements co-arranged with Mic Gillette for: Zambula and My Brother, My Brother Mic Gillette appears courtesy of Tower of Power