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Ray Levier

I started playing drums when I was eleven years old. I learned 2 or 3 beats from a friend down the street who had just started drum lessons. No sooner did I even get a grip on playing a simple 2 and 4 groove, I had the unfortunate event of getting severely burned in a terrible camping accident (full story). After this happened to me doctors were saying I was going to die and when I didn't, I felt that I had a second chance on life and if I survived being burned, becoming a professional drummer would be a walk in the park compared to what I endured in the hospital.

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Umbria Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz Festival 2014 Perugia, Italy July 11-20, 2014 There are many jazz festivals held in beautiful places. There are many festivals that run for 10 or more days and consistently offer first-rate programs. There are even a few that claim a history as long as 41 years. But there is ...

Ray's Way

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Ray's Way; Manhatta; You Never Know; Song for Nury; Blues in the Closet; Bait Tone Blues; Ralph's Piano Waltz; Echoing; Wing and a Prayer.

David Binney: In The Paint; Ray's Way & Third Occasion

Read "David Binney: In The Paint; Ray's Way & Third Occasion" reviewed by Russ Musto

David Binney/Alan FerberIn The PaintPosi-Tone2009 Ray LevierRay's WayOrigin2009 David BinneyThird OccasionMythology2009 While saxophonist David Binney has been increasingly recognized for his substantial ...

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Ray Levier: Ray's Way

Read "Ray's Way" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If drumming is the subatomic glue that holds a jazz performance together, then Ray Levier is the Einstein of jazz drumming. On his debut recording, Ray's Way, Levier provides a veritable masters class on the seamless and relative incorporation of drums into the melody of a song. Add to this that Idit Shner joins Levier in ...

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Ray Levier: Ray's Way

Read "Ray's Way" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based drummer Ray Levier contends for debut CD of the year with Ray's Way. He's assembled an all-star cast, including two of the finest guitarists plying the six string trade: John Abercrombie and Mike Stern, on five and four cuts respectively.Levier's drumming has a “serve the music" approach that can be subtle or ...


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