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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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Wig Glue (Single)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Wig Glue

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Adam Nitti, Matteo Mancusco, David Binney and Ollie Usiskin

Read "Adam Nitti, Matteo Mancusco, David Binney and Ollie Usiskin" reviewed by Len Davis


Bassist Adam Nitti, Italian guitarist Matteo Mancusco, MAMOGI with Mohini Dey, Israeli guitarist Nilli Brosh with Virgil Donati and Japanese bassist Tetsuo Sakurai. Jazz from Ray LeVier, David Binney and John Escreet and Indian Pianist Lydian Nadhaswaram. UK drummer Ollie Usiskin with his latest Trio Zone completes the hour.Playlist Adam Nitti “Antisocial Media" from ...

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News: Recording

Drummer Ray Levier’s Jazz Fusion 'Wig Glue' Is A Testament To Perseverance And Overcoming Obstacles - Single Release Show At The Bitter End On June 20th

Drummer Ray Levier’s Jazz Fusion 'Wig Glue' Is A Testament To Perseverance And Overcoming Obstacles - Single Release Show At The Bitter End On June 20th

Professional drummer and in demand side man, Ray Levier, just released his most poignant and personal track to date. His jazz funk fusion track “Wig Glue" is a spirited and groove-filled composition that pays homage to the resilience and determination of legendary guitarist Mike Stern, the multiple Grammy-nominated guitarist, a former member of Miles Davis’ band ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

Album

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.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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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