Orange musician Ray Vanderby releases new soul/funk record, ‘Comet 2 Comet’ | western avocado

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Veteran Orange musician and producer Ray Vanderby has brought in the services of a wide range of Central West performers for his latest record, which blends funk and soul in homage to 1970s music. The new record, Comet 2 Comet, draws its sonic lineups from some of the best acts of the 1970s, from vocal groups such as The Mamas and the Papas and Manhattan Transfer to hues of Steely Dan, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. READ ALSO: South Bathurst Residents Rally To Stop Removal Of ‘Centennial’ Trees Vanderby, who composed the album on his longtime instrument of choice, the keyboard, told Comet 2 to dive deeper in “funky space music”. “I always strive to be as original as a songwriter as possible, which can mean being a little lenient sometimes when it comes to influences,” he said. “As a keyboard player, I’ve always been into funk, but I’m also a bit of a cosmic head.” really living from comet to comet in the future given what humanity is doing to Earth. chosen best reflects his humble beginnings in music. “‘Ranchero’ tells the story of a guy new to town starting over, which reflects my travels across Australia and embracing a variety of music scenes, from jazz in Sydney to blues in Adelaide and a banter with the Melbourne scene,” he said. “On the other hand, ‘Beyond the Clouds’ is about refugees who lost their lives dreaming of a new home, and how they deserve to receive the same quality of life as everyone else.” Vanderby incorporated a diverse nine-piece funk ensemble f or the recording process, including Orange vocalists Cecelia Rochelli, Melissa Stanford and Barry Patterson, Bathurst guitarist extraordinaire Dave Webb, bassist Shane Dickerson, drummer Mark Welch, saxophonist Greg Gibson and trombonist Bien Javier. “We put together a music video for the song ‘Funky Space Music’, which features a dance performance by local Orange talent Ashlee Wilson, who I consider to be the 10th member of the band,” he said. READ ALSO: Local potter Jennie Pottie will host an open house at her home studio on April 16 “The record was put together with Craig Honeysett at Dotted Eight Studio, and I’m really happy with the eclectic musical offering.” Comet 2 Comet is now available on all streaming platforms. For more information, visit or Vanderby’s Facebook page. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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