Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Don Ray – Standing In The Rain (Polydor)

Most Wanted! Don Ray – Standing In The Rain (Polydor)

Marked by that flamboyant signature sound one can find on albums by artists such as Alec R. Costandinos, Kongas and Cerrone!
French Pianist / keyboardist Don Ray came to the center stage back in 1978 with his ‘The Garden Of Love’ album, co-produced by Cerrone. It spawned two singles – ‘Got To Have Your Lovin” and ‘Standing In The Rain’ – which Polydor released in America.

I confess a clear-cut preference for the latter because of the complexity of its keys, its vocal arrangements and the variations of its moods. It eventually became a classic 20 years after its release at Body & Soul NYC with the help of Joe Claussell

Overview
Born Raymond Donnez, Don Ray came to recognition during the second half of the 70’s, playing keyboards on Cerrone‘s albums ‘Love In C Minor’, ‘IV’, ‘VI’, and ‘VIII’.
An arranger and producer as well, he collaborated with Alex R. Costandinos and later on with Madleen Kane. He also was a member of Kongas along with Cerrone, a collective mostly remembered for their ‘Africanism’ album released back in 1977.

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