Ray Carless

Ray Carless

Real Name:
Ray Carless
Saxophone player, son of George "Big Doc" Carless

Once described as one of the London jazz scene’s best-kept secrets, Ray Carless is a tenor soprano saxophonist who has been creating groovy, melodic music with the great and the good for four decades.
He was part of the original ‘Brit funk’ movement and a founding member of London’s best jazz funk outfit Incognito. He has also played with most of the other bands on the Brit Funk scene such as Hi-Tension, Central Line, Linx and Light of The World.
Ray scored a chart hit with his single Tarantula Walk before moving on to become a founding member of the Jazz Warriors, the all black Big Band that launched the careers of many such as Courtney Pine (OBE), Gary Crosby (MBE) of Jazz Jamaica, Roland Sutherland, Jason Yarde, Steve Williamson, Cleveland Watkiss, Julian Joseph and Orphy Robinson.
He has made creative contributions to and worked with local and International artists like Elvin Jones, Hugh Masakela, Billy Ocean, Loose Ends, ABC, Five Star, Tippa Irie, Will Downing, Jocelyn Brown, Skatalites, Big Youth, Bob Andy, Luciano, the late and greats John Holt, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Jean Adebambo, Louisa Marks, and most recently Grammy smasher Adele.
Ray has also worked with artists including Black Roots, Beris Hammond, The Heptones, Aswad, Black Slate, Beggar & Co, Jazz Jamaica, The Skatallites, Delroy Pinnock, Lloyd Brown, Michael Gordon, Patrick Augustus’ Elements Band, Cleveland Watkiss, Janet Kay, Caroll Thompson, Beverley Skeet, Alan Weekes, Ska Cubano, The Heliocentrics, Mica Paris, Jennifer Phillips, Immani, Janet Kay, Chris Tummings & Victor Romero Evans, Heather Haywood, Joy Rose, Ava Golding, The Engine Room Collective, Rico Rodriguez, Skatallites trombonist Vin Gordon, Shireen Francis, Siemy Di, vibesman Orphy Robinson and Afrikan Revolution.
Ray was invited to join Cymande and has become an integral band member. He recently summed up his move from pure Jazz to multi-genre music: “These days I need lots of variety in my music and I know that I will always retain my strong jazzy flavour. I love my jazz but I’m happiest when I’m able to express myself utilizing the various African Caribbean flavours that I’ve grown up with.”

Performed with the Redskins as part of the Redskins Brass.
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Ray Carless Discography Tracks


NORLP 1003 Raymond Carley* Beautiful Weekend(LP, Album) Night Owl Records NORLP 1003 UK 1978 Sell This Version
Triocd 302 Ray Carless Body Moves(CD, Album) Trio (3) Triocd 302 UK 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Ray Carless Tarantula Walk Ensign UK 1981 Sell This Version
Groove Collision (2) Featuring Ray Carless & Taka Boom Groove Collision (2) Featuring Ray Carless & Taka Boom - The L.O.V.E. Optimism Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Tray 312 Ray Carless My Mama Told Me So / Tarantula Walk(12") Trio (3) Tray 312 UK 1992 Sell This Version
iLi-JW001 Jack Wilson (2), Ray Carless Jack Wilson (2), Ray Carless - U Ain't Moving Right(7") I Like It Records (2) iLi-JW001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Skycru Feat Ray Carless & Vin Gordon Skycru Feat Ray Carless & Vin Gordon - Dark Heart Room In The Sky UK 2013 Sell This Version
MBX106 Salute (4) Ft Ray Carless Salute (4) Ft Ray Carless - Reclycled Riddim(7") Enviromental Friendly MBX106 UK 2017 Sell This Version
MBX106 Salute (4) Ft. Ray Carless Salute (4) Ft. Ray Carless - Recycled Ridim(7") Enviromental Friendly MBX106 UK 2017 Sell This Version
JADC 0023 Rox-Anne / Ray Carless Rox-Anne / Ray Carless - Don't Send Me Bouquet(12") Jama (2) JADC 0023 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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