Ray Obiedo

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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.
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Albums

WT 0115 Ray Obiedo - Perfect Crime album art Ray Obiedo Perfect Crime (Album) Windham Hill Records WT 0115 US 1989 Sell This Version
WD-0128 Ray Obiedo - Iguana album art Ray Obiedo Iguana (Album) Windham Hill Jazz WD-0128 US 1990 Sell This Version
01934 10142 2 Ray Obiedo - Sticks & Stones album art Ray Obiedo Sticks & Stones (Album) Windham Hill Jazz 01934 10142 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
01934 11162 2 Ray Obiedo - Zulaya album art Ray Obiedo Zulaya (Album) Windham Hill Records 01934 11162 2 USA, Canada & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
BVCW-701 Ray Obiedo - Sweet Summer Days album art Ray Obiedo Sweet Summer Days (Album) Windham Hill Jazz BVCW-701 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
72438-47490-2-6 Ray Obiedo - Modern World album art Ray Obiedo Modern World(HDCD, Album) DOMO (2) 72438-47490-2-6 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Ray Obiedo - There Goes That album art Ray Obiedo There Goes That(CD, Album) Rhythmus Records (2) none 2015 Sell This Version
RR002 Ray Obiedo - Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1 album art Ray Obiedo Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1(CD, Album) Rhythmus Records (2) RR002 US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WH-17836 Ray Obiedo - Short Stories album art Ray Obiedo Short Stories(12", Single, Promo) A&M Records WH-17836 US 1989 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

WD-17899 Ray Obiedo - Hot Tracks album art Ray Obiedo Hot Tracks(CD, Promo, Smplr) Windham Hill Jazz WD-17899 US 1989 Sell This Version
WD 91-05 Ray Obiedo - Windham Hill Records 1991 First Quarter Radio Sampler album art Michael Manring, Mark Isham, Ray Obiedo , And Alex De Grassi Michael Manring, Mark Isham, Ray Obiedo , And Alex De Grassi - Windham Hill Records 1991 First Quarter Radio Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WD 91-05 US 1991 Sell This Version