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Written by Robert Silverstein
January 10, 2020 - 12:00am EST
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Renowned as a session musician, in 2019 guitarist / composer Ray Obiedo released Carousel, his 9th solo album and third on his self-owned Rhythmus Records. The nine cut Carousel features an upbeat mix of Latin / Brazilian music grooves featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in the Northern California area. With its added mix of funk and R&B grooves, there’s something here for all jazz fans. For Carousel, Ray’s acoustic / electric guitars, keys and occasional vocals are backed up by  music greats including jazz icon Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Bob Mintzer (sax) and Andy Narell (steel pan drums) along with a number of drummers and percussionists, including Peter Michael Escovedo and Tower Of Power drummer David Garibaldi, that gives the album sound a very rhythmic feel. If the wintertime blues gets you down, give a good listen to the positive, uplifting vibes of Carousel by groove master guitarist Ray Obiedo.