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Musician

Ray Vasquez

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Ray Vasquez started in the 40’s & 50’s big band, Jazz & Latin Jazz era from Watts, Los Angeles California. Ray Vasquez recorded his album “In the Still of the Night” with George Hernandez and Oliver Berliner in 1959 with a 14 piece orchestra on RCA VICTOR RECORDS. Ray Vasquez worked with Musicians Horace Heidt, Charlie Barnet, Bobby Sherwood, Perez Prado, Lennie Niehaus, Paul Lopez, Manny Lopez, Chico Sesma, Anthony Ortega (his cousin), Phil Carreón, Lionel Hampton, & Don Tosti. After the big band era, Ray Vasquez uses professional aka Ray Victor after graduating from the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse Theater

Album

Watts

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Return of the Jitney Man; Brekky with Drecky; Katrina James; Owed; Dancin' 4 Chicken; Wry Köln; Dingle Dangle; Devil's Ring Tone; M'Buzai; The Devil's Ring Tone.

Article: Album Review

Jeff "Tain" Watts: Watts

Read "Watts" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Quattro dei principali jazzisti contemporanei, guidati da un batterista che ha saputo fondere virtuosismo, unicità timbrica e visione compositiva, siglano con Watts uno dei lavori più forti e convincenti sentiti in anni. E' allo stesso tempo una libera jam session fra maestri e un lavoro dalla solida concezione unitaria, risultato di quell'assorbimento completo della storia delle ...

Album

Watts

Label: Dark Key Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Return of the Jitney Man; Brekky With Drecky; Katrina James; Owed...; Dancin' 4 Chicken; Wry Koln; Dingle

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Article: Album Review

Jeff "Tain" Watts: Watts

Read "Watts" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


The title of drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts new CD, Watts, isn't as superficial as it seems. While referring naturally to the leader, it also recalls the site of the apocalyptic riots in 1965, a neighborhood that produced jazz legend Charles Mingus. This is important because the tunes on the disc, written by Watts, are reverential, referential ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff "Tain" Watts: Watts

Read "Watts" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Noted for his distinct and propulsive style, the eminent drummer/composer Jeff “Tain" Watts is a longtime member of the Branford Marsalis quartet and a leading sideman for many artists; yet it's his own recordings as a leader that are the most telling. True to form, this eponymous release has plenty of the drummer's fireworks but also ...


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