On Lucid Dreaming, Ray takes a stylistic right turn from contemporary jazz and expands his musical vision with an extraordinary collection of deep ambient soundscapes. On this project, Ray creates a pellucid musical environment that evokes an atmosphere of shimmering beauty, warmth, and belonging. A soundtrack for dreamers as well as those who pray, this music is especially for those who know what it is to be awake while you are still sleeping.
Ray’s third CD, “Beginning To See”, expands the palette of contemporary jazz styles found on his earlier works with a diverse and eclectic mix of instrumental and, now, for the first time, vocal music. Infused with a radiant, airy sound, the project ranges from funk to straight ahead jazz to tone poem and beyond. Singer Rick Krive gives outstanding performances on adapted lyrics penned by the Anglican devotional writer Evelyn Underhill and Scottish poet George MacDonald.
Figures Of The True is a powerful collection of contemporary instrumental jazz compositions which combine exquisite textures and grooves, soaring synth leads and burning piano solos into an exciting mix that is richly panoramic, evocative, and inspiring.
Figures Of The True features guest appearances by bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), drummer Jonathan Joseph (Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Joe Zawinul), and Blue Man Group drummer/musician Jeff Quay among others.
Ray's debut CD Farewell to Shadowlands is music in the in the style and range of such artists as Pat Metheny Group and Mark Isham. The music is inspired by verses in the Bible regarding the renewal of all things as well as the highly acclaimed allegorical work "The Chronicles of Narnia" by theologian and philosopher C.S. Lewis.
Featured on this album are guest appearances by guitarist Randy Bernsen, former Weather Report percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr., Blue Man Group drummer Jeff Quay, and two time Grammy Award winner pop/latin vocalist Jon Secada.