Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina
Mistura Fina is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. With its heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of the ensemble.
Guitarist/composer, Ray Obiedo, formed this group in 2007 to further explore his love of Latin music. His compositions for the group are drawn from many musical influences, including contemporary Jazz and Funk, Caribbean as well as other music genres.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo's mainstays over the past few years, vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Peter Horvath, bassist Marc van Wageningen and drummer Colin Douglas.
Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of it's musical elements for a delightfully distinct Bay Area flavor.
Ray O - guitar
Sandy Cressman - vocals & percussion
Alex Murzyn - sax & flute
Peter Horvath - piano
Mark van Wageningen - bass
Colin Douglas - drums
Ray found time in between his stints as side man to lead such popular local bands as the fusion ensemble Kick (featuring a very young Sheila E. on drums and longtime Sonny Rollins pianist Mark Soskin) and the funk-rock group Rhythmus 21 which showcased many of the Bay Area's leading singers.
As a session player, Ray's guitar work has been nicely presented on albums by artists as diverse as Lou Rawls, George Duke, Brenda Russell, Herbie Hancock, Sheila E & the E Train, Freda Payne, The Whispers, The Delfonics as well as solo albums by jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, former Yellowjackets' saxophonist Marc Russo and Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. It was also Obiedo's memorable guitar solo that so sweetly highlighted sax star Grover Washington Jr's last hit cover of the classic single "Soulful Strut".
Eventually launching his own solo recording career on the Windham Hill Jazz label, Obiedo recorded and released no less than five contemporary jazz albums over the following few years to steadily increasing levels of critical praise and commercial success.
Beginning with his debut CD "Perfect Crime", through "Iguana", "Sticks & Stones", "Zulaya" and "Sweet Summer Days", Obiedo has consistently remained loyal to his rhythm and blues roots while also sharpening his Afro-funk instincts and highlighting his natural flair for utterly infectious pop and Latin / Brasilian grooves. As a result, he has both discovered and cultivated a fiercely devoted international following.
Typical of Obiedo's album successes was his "Sticks & Stones" CD which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart and remained in the top 25 for more than 10 weeks. It also scored as high as No. 5 on the Radio & Records N A C chart and the Gavin Report adult alternative chart in addition to placing in the Top 20 on the Gavin Report.
Currently appearing with Obiedo on his latest release "There Goes That" are a number of all-star jazz luminaries including Miles Davis alumni Kenny Garrett, percussionist Sheila E, steel pan master Andy Narell and current Santana members percussionist Karl Perazzo and keyboardist David K Mathews.
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