Ray Gomez | Ssup?

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by Ray Gomez

Named by his peers as a guitarist's guitarist for his superlative feel, creativity, tone and technique, all with his own brand of fire, Ray Gomez is regarded as one of the all-time greats of rock-blues-jazz-fusion.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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I just love shuffles. This is obviously another hommage to Billy Cobham, but also to Jan Hammer, as the melody's first notes are typical Jan Hammer style. Those bends were copied by many of us in the early 70's... guitar players, as well as keyboard players.

This is also dedicated to the memory of Tommy Bolin, who is a very relevant player in the history of fusion.

Dennis Chambers, Bunny Brunel and Chris Palmaro did this piece more than justice, keeping the rocking vintage fusion vibe, but with their own take. Amen!



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Charles W Wilson

SSUP - "A Furious Fusion Groove"
SSUP is a masterful Ray Gomez immediacy where you are hit by such a barrage as to find yourself holding onto a door frame, wall, --anything to take in the opening bars. If I drank four black coffees and two Red Bulls, I could not match such intensity. Then again, 999,999 out of a million guitarists couldn't either. This is a fusion groove anchored by furious Dennis Chambers drumming, who sounds like Mitch Mitchell on speed with no let up. What one begins to notice is that your brain is following every guitar note. It sounds fresh. That fabulous Stratocaster tone is there. The expressive vibrato is there. Nothing is repeated. No cliche playing and you're wondering where the guitar is going next. That's the greatness of Ray Gomez. As furious as the opening, the seemingly wild abandon is not really abandon. Ray has everything under control. SSUP is a throwback to 70s fusion in modern day realtime. Catchy riffing that is rare to hear in todays' sea of pentatonic scale players. Great supporting musicians. Great job, Ray!