Bill Ray pretty much showed up on this plane of existence with sticks in his hands. Born into an hyperartistic and ubercreative family of photographers, musicians and scientists, it was no wonder that a 15 month old child would stumble upon his father's drums. At the age of 4 his path was clearly lit upon seeing the local drum guru George Lawrence perform a drum solo during a photo shoot at his parent's photography studio in Jackson, MS.
Since then, he has gone on to reside/play in over 20 countries, played on 150+ albums including Ike Turner's 2007 Grammy-Award winning "Risin' With The Blues".
He now has a musical project called The Odd Get Even that involves improvised drum tracks and emailing them to a musical partner-in-crime named Bill Cornish in Chicago, IL. and also including a longtime friend Mike James in Priest River, ID.
I've been a Pro-Mark endorser since 1996 and have played them since I can remember. My father was a stickler for quality drumsticks and it rubbed off.
I've been with Slug Percussion Products since 1995. Their Slug Beaters are the greatest, and durable too! I've had two of them now in service for years and they are still going strong.
I've been with Taye Drums since 2003. They've been wonderful! And their sound..I hear this: "that's one of the best sounding kits I've ever heard" ALL the time. And the secret to that is to keep great heads on them. That's why I use Aquarian Drumheads exclusively.
My current setup consists of the following drums:
in 2001 I signed with Aquarian. They have helped me define my voice and have helped create a lot of great music.
Recording original music in the Jazz Fusion vein, with a third album on the way. These start out as drum solos and become works of music.
The Odd Get Even is a project with my friend Bill Cornish who lives in Chicago. The tunes start off as improvised drum "solos" which are actually my sketching out a drum part for something I'm just clicking along to in my head. There's an organic nature to all of this that lends itself to some pretty cool arrangements.
The general philosophy is to play the drum track like a hole of golf; "play it like it lays" with no nips/tucks but sometimes a small trim or loop is necessary for continuity. In any event, the inspiration is there. If ever there were truly an album "created from the drums up" it would be this collection.
The project picked up steam and Bill finished the album in 2009; Self-titled. In 2010 the next album was being written and it became "Objects in Motion".
We have a third album on the way with the title "Happy Critters". The tunes are as eclectic as you'd imagine and there is one that is a 10 minute epic titled "Stumbling Towards Nirvana" with a guest guitar player Mike James on two tracks.
Recording an album of songs that are extremely musically dense and challenging in the vein of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa. Other offshoots of this are projected to be a drummer's minus-one track playalong + an instructional method book to accompany it.
Mike Watson and I go way back. So far back that it predates a certain musical history. You see, there was a 1980's/90's San Diego band called Daddy Longleggs which was a sort of Mr. Bungle-ish affair. Mike Watson was playing guitar in that group and then eventually split off and formed a band called "Schmaltz" which is still in rotation today.
Schmaltz consisted of Robert Walter on Piano/Organ/Vocals, Mike Watson on Guitar, Chris Stillwell on Bass and a very young 15 year old Zak Najor on the drums. Zak was my student for a bit, and in some ways I was his student as well. We would set up two drum sets and play all afternoon at his house in Del Mar. It was about 1992.
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