SJRCD1030 Ray Khalil/A Piece Of The Action

This is Ray Khalil's debut album. This recording features eight tunes, five of which were composed by Ray. The original tunes were inspired by many facets of Ray's life experiences and demonstrates his compositions skills. The three jazz standards were chosen because they showcase the trio's collective improvisation technique. The musicians featured in this recording are as follows:

Ray Khalil - Seven-String Guitar
Joris Teepe - Acoustic Bass
Shingo Okudaira - Drums
Tim Armacost - Tenor & Soprano Saxophone (on tracks 2,3,5,7)

Ray Khalil is a jazz guitarist with extensive experience in the music industry. He has a classical music background with beginning roots in the violin at a young age. Ray has been playing guitar and composing music for the past twenty years. This comes after years of playing the violin. His musical influences are John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and George Benson. During his studies, Ray has attended Capilano College in Vancouver and Berklee College of Music in Boston under full performance scholarships. Ray has been featured in many jazz magazines including a full article in Ireland's Jazz News. His quartet was chosen to represent Canada at the Yokohama Exotic Showcase 1989 in Japan. Ray currently performs in various venues in New York city and abroad.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE Many clubs in New York and abroad including the following cities:Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and etc.

PERSONAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE Many different Jazz artists including: Branford Marsalis, Charles Fambrough, Andy Bey, Warren Hill, Wallace Roney, Gerry Gibbs, Boris Kozlow, Joris Teepe, Shingo Okudaira, and Tim Armacost.

EDUCATION Berklee College of Music - Boston MA, USA Capilano College - Vancouver BC, Canada

Sidemen Information: TIM ARMACOST

Growing up in Tokyo, Washington, and Los Angeles combined with Tim Armacost's lifetime of world traveling enhanced this multi-instrumentalist's absorption of cultural musics. Armacost started playing clarinet in Tokyo at age eight. By 16, he had moved to Washington and switched to playing tenor saxophone in big bands. At 18, he moved to L.A. and began developing his chops in numerous live settings with Bobby Bradford and Charlie Shoemake. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Ponoma College, he headed for Amsterdam and gigged consistently around Europe for seven years, teaching and recording. Continuing his travels, he moved to India and learned tabla and the tradition of Hindustani classical music, performing frequently with Indian jazz and classical musicians and playing Bombay's international jazz festival. In 1993, Armacost moved to New York, where he recorded his first session as a leader, Fire, on Concord. Live at Smalls was released next on Double Time, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell. During this time, Armacost recorded and played with Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, David Murray Big Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra, and Randy Brecker, amongst others. Other diverse Armacost recordings feature the intercontinental jazz trio, a cooperative group featuring Joris Teepe on bass and Shingo Okudaira on drums. In 2000, another straight-ahead jazz date, The Wishing Well, was released on Double Time.

Our thanks to Al Campbell, All Music Guide, for the information

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