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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WT 0115 Perfect Crime — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Perfect Crime (Album) Windham Hill Records WT 0115 US 1989 Sell This Version
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WD-0128 Iguana — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Iguana (Album) Windham Hill Jazz WD-0128 US 1990 Sell This Version
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01934 10142 2 Sticks & Stones — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Sticks & Stones (Album) Windham Hill Jazz 01934 10142 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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01934 11162 2 Zulaya — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Zulaya (Album) Windham Hill Records 01934 11162 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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BVCW-701 Sweet Summer Days — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Sweet Summer Days (Album) Windham Hill Jazz BVCW-701 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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72438-47490-2-6 Modern World — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Modern World(HDCD, Album) DOMO (2) 72438-47490-2-6 US 1999 Sell This Version
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none There Goes That — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo There Goes That(CD, Album) Rhythmus Records (2) none 2015 Sell This Version
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RR002 Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1 — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1(CD, Album) Rhythmus Records (2) RR002 US 2016 Sell This Version
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RR003 Carousel — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Carousel(CD-ROM, Album) Rhythmus Records RR003 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

WH-17836 Short Stories — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Short Stories(12", Single, Promo) A&M Records WH-17836 US 1989 Sell This Version
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WD-17899 Hot Tracks — Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo Hot Tracks(CD, Promo, Smplr) Windham Hill Jazz WD-17899 US 1989 Sell This Version
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WD 91-05 Windham Hill Records 1991 First Quarter Radio Sampler — Ray Obiedo 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