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Ray Obiedo’s album ‘Twist’ featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play June 24-28

Ray Obiedo
Ray Obiedo

Growing up in Richmond, California, Ray Obiedo first picked up a guitar at sixteen. A very quick study, he would initially play both R & B and jazz, he would record with The Whispers and Lou Rawls, adding work with Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Bill Summers, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Eddie Henderson among others, in addition to his many albums as a leader through the years.

His fluid lines continue here, with a killer band highlighted by appearances from Sheila E., Andy Narell, Bob Mintzer, Pete Escovedo and David K. Mathews.

From Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, one cut from Ray Obiedo’s album Twist will be featured each morning in the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “Alquezar” from Ray Obiedo’s album Twist, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.