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The Birthday Gig

by John Ray Trio

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Intro 01:53
Afro Blue 10:32
Impressions 10:47
Butterfly 11:42


This was recorded at my regular Thursday gig, at a small jazz club in Winston-Salem called Southside. My regular drummer, Jonathan Greene, couldn't make the gig, so I called up Kassem Williams. I'd never played with him before but seen him play a few times and really dug playing with him. Also, Stephen Riley, my FAVORITE tenor sax player in the world, and, objectively, one of the best in the world, showed up and sat in on the last three tunes. Unfortunately it was my birthday and I'd been drinking already, so I feel like I played a little sloppy. But this recording turned out great and I'm overall very happy with the show.


released September 15, 2018

Michael Kinchen, keys
Kassem Williams, drums
Stephen Riley, tenor sax
Nishah Dimeo, vocals
John Daniel Ray, bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Daniel Ray
©2018 Mr. Haircut


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John Daniel Ray Winston Salem, North Carolina

John Daniel Ray is a progressive bassist and composer from Winston-Salem, NC. He specializes in using computers to augment his bass and voice in an improvisatory setting. He is passionate about improvised music, and enjoys playing with anyone who loves music, energy, and life as much as he does. ... more

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