Ray Obiedo – Carousel (Rhythms Records, 2019)
Carousel is the 9th album from guitarist and composer Ray Obiedo. It is an easy listening album that brings together smooth jazz with the pre-requisite sax solos and melancholic harmonica, Latin American rhythms and a little bit of funk.
The album is masterfully-recorded and highly enjoyable with headphones or a top of the line sound system if you are into breezy jazz.
Carousel includes high profile musicians in the Latin jazz, smooth jazz and rock fields, including percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo, percussionist Kark Perazzo, keyboardist David k. Mathews, steel pan maestro Andy Narell, drummer David Garibaldi, harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, reed player Norbert Stachel, steel pan instrumentalist Phil Hawkins, pianist Peter Horvath and trumpeter Mike Olmos.