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Funk If I Know

Michael Ray & Cosmic KreweAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Monkey Hill
  • ASIN: B00000FDBR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Jazz/Funk October 10, 1999
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Just look at the cover of this CD. Does Michael Ray look like he is having a good time? I think so. Looking very much like Sun Ra who Ray happened to play with for many years, he certainly is as colorful a performer as his bright garb would indicate. Ray's 25 year track record is very impressive. Some of the people he had the pleasure of jamming with were Patti LaBelle, The Delfonics, The Stylistics and a 10 year stint with Kool and the Gang. Sun Ra designated him as the "Intergalactic Research Tone Scientist". The master of space/funk/jazz knew what he was doing by employing Michael. Ray and his cosmic krewe most recently received the Gambit Weekly's Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Funk Band of 1999. Bountiful experience and many years on the road has brought this talented artist to a point in his career were a recording like this is bound to raise some eyebrows and catapult him into star status. All the success and respect that follows will just sweeten the pie. This man has built a solid reputation already. This stage of his career puts him in the limelight, and rightfully so. "Funk If I Know" explores the many moods and facets of Ray's music. On one track you are getting all funky then the next you are grooving on some hip hop, the next track offers up some big band or contemporary jazz. A real round trip around the Jazz galaxy and all it's sub-genres. To say the least this is a very eclectic smorgasbord of jazz and funk with many different elemental sprinkles to give it some added flavor and taste. This CD doesn't fall short in any areas. Hop aboard the spaceship Ray and let his cosmic krewe take you to a musical universe that you have never visited, you won't want to come home...
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck/October 10, 1999
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Trumpet and Saxaphone driven Jazz-Funk. February 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A dazzling array of top Jazz and Rock names, including Bob Gulotti, Stacey Starkweather, Tim Green, Clarence Johnson III and Adam Klipple as well as special guests John Medeski and Trey Anastasio (phish) contribute to former Sun Ra and Kool and the Gang trumpeteer's follow-up album. A great blend of straight funk (almost P-funk like on the first track "cosmic city") to top notch latin jazz to cutting edge space jazz. It has something for everyone and everything for most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering a good Friend : Michael Ray October 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many Years ago ,in the 80,s I went on this , as I

called it , " Out of Space " Tour in Europe with

SUN RA ARKESTRA . (If You still didn,t hear

about Sun Ra ? It,s time to do so since I would

call him just a "CLASSIC" and for sure UNIQUE )

Browsing the Internet , I just remebered those

Days visiting my Friends in Philly . Sun Ra was

still alive and I guess I was one of the few Women

he allowed to come around , the first who would

get even on HIS Tourbus ! What an Honor :))

I met Michael Ray, his trumpet Player first on one

of many Kool & Gang Tours where we got the

major VIP Treatment par Excellance . No wonder !

They were on Top of their Career. 2 times sold

out with each 16 000 Seats at the Bercy Stadium

in Paris !

It was quite different with Sun Ra,s Band and

Tour . Oh well . They played in every little german

Village and it was so much fun listening to these

fab and unique, true Musicans and their

Performance. What a Trip ! It was one of the most

amazing ONE in my whole Tour Manager Life .

With massivevibrations I intend to bring up old

memories with great Musicians I toured with for

many years and look out for new Talents and

support what I feel is worth to talk about !

The Artists I toured with such as : James Brown,

Jimi Cliff, Curtis Blow:)) ,Chaka Khan ,Percey

Sledge,CAMEO,MAZE and Franky

Beverly,Commodores,Stanley Clarke, Miles

Davis, Al di Meola, uuughhhhhh cant remember

them all . ...................
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