Blue, Ray

Jazzheads, 2023CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 29.2

Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 88
Score Chart

O’s Notes: #People is saxophonist Ray Blue’s latest release. He leads a band that includes Eddie Allen (t), Kenny Barron (p), Essiet Okon Essiet (b) and Bobby Sanabria (perc). They take a Latin turn on “Fungii Mama”, add a taste of calypso on “Cross Continental Spirit”, and “Always With A Purpose”, then shine on classics like “Hard Times”. We also enjoyed “Dreamer”, “When Sunny Gets Blue”, and “We’ll Be Together Again”, a fine duet with bassist Essiet.


Publicist: Two for the Show Media