CRAIG HANDY, saxophone
SHERMAN FERGUSON, drums
DANNY GRISSETT, piano
Says Ray Drummond, "For me, jazz is a calling. Its a mission. Jazz is a language. It's got its vocabulary, its punctuation." Ray Drummond's musical language is a part of over 100 jazz albums and has been heard in major jazz venues the world over. His most recent album, "One, Two, Three, Four" featuring solo, duos, trios, and quartet arrangements was released in 1999. Gene Santoro, writing for the Daily News, wrote that "Drummond create[s] elastic rhythmic textures that (keep) the soloists sharp and the crowd's feet tapping. It's the kind of effect that everyone feels but only musicians hear."
A superb bassist, Drummond is also well known as a composer, conductor, producer, and instructor. Of his composing he explains, "My writing comes from a couple of streams. It's as if they're two separate types of music that on the surface don't appear complementary: neo-bop and a percussive Africanized style." He has taught at music schools all over the world, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berklee School of Music, the University of Massachusetts, and the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. Currently he is a Professor at the Institute for Music and the Performing Arts at the Institute for Music and the Performing Arts at the California State University at Monterey Bay.