Ray Martinez

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There are quite a few people named Ray Martinez in the music business. Put them together and it would be a nice band: this Ray Martinez would be a fabulous choice for a drummer in any group, one of the…
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There are quite a few people named Ray Martinez in the music business. Put them together and it would be a nice band: this Ray Martinez would be a fabulous choice for a drummer in any group, one of the sort of anonymous but perfectly communicative session players working in the '50s on records by LaVern Baker, Charles Brown and others.

Martinez was even a bit more communicative than some of his percussive peers, being willing to open his mouth and sing in the background chorus on some of his recording dates, such as the blazing "Soul on Fire." Afro-Cuban bassist Ray Martinez and the British classic rock session guitarist are among the similarly named folk this funky drummer should not be confused with.