The music that we've come to know as jazz is continuously evolving. Young musicians today are discovering and launching a new renaissance era, both musically and culturally, with seasoned musicians such as Ray Martinez at the helm of that movement. Known for his melodic yet percussive style, Ray is considered by many of his peers to be one of the most gifted and prominent bassists, arrangers and composers on the contemporary music scene.
After earning a solid reputation during the last three decades as an outstanding musician, Ray Martinez continues in the pioneering spirit of Machito, Mongo Santamaría, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Chico O'Farrill and Dizzy Gillespie, embracing new ideas and abstractions while simultaneously staying close to the traditional roots. And like the pioneering Gillespie, Ray is of the opinion that music should arise from inner needs and not from external factors such as fads or commercial manifestations. Musically, he continues to conceptualize and create unique, new sounds. Always moving forward, he is one of many musicians who chooses not to underestimate the past. Rather, he seeks to learn from it.
For this recording Mr. Martinez has written nine original compositions, incorporating 6/8 rhythms, cha cha chá, guaguancó, son montuno, samba and funk, as well as the blues, all rich elements which create a wall of polyrhythmic sound. His all-encompassing music is both melodic and sophisticated, with a soulful blue note that palpitates to the heart beat of Africa, bursting forth with an element of expression that crosses the seven seas, uniting not only the diverse African diaspora, but the spirit and heart of the world at large.