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The Weeper

by A Ray Fuller

Super Guitarist-Ray Fuller offers a powerful buffet of 'classic' 70's covers and 'hot' Latin, Soul & Jazz originals featuring friends like G. Duke, B. Marsalis, Phil Perry & E. Marienthal.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. If You Really Love Me
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2. Weeper's Thang
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3. Spanish Flyer
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4. Speak Brother
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5. Work To Do - feat. Phil Perry
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6. Superstar
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7. Naima - feat. B. Marsalis
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8. Friday - feat. George Duke
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9. Portuguese Love
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10. She Walks This Earth - E. Marienthal
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11. Free Spirit
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12. Partido Alto
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13. Speak Brother - 'G. Duke keys solo'
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Ray Fuller, guitarist, composer, music director, producer, has intimately worked with such noted artists as Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Boney James, Branford Marsalis, Bebe & Cece Winans, Yolonda Adams, Quincy Jones, Brenda Russell, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and many, many others in his outstanding musical career!

Ray's solo project entitled 'The Weeper', is currently being released on the A Ray Artist Music label. Its title taken from the nickname he was given by none other than 'world class' musician, George Duke, who states, "Ray emotes with such passion and so musically well, the deepest and most intimate expressions of an author's story."

"There's an understanding among artists of all walks that the most gifted make their statements with the most refinement. From Picasso and Rembrandt to Miles and B.B., at the height of their artistry, each was able to express volumes with a few precise brush strokes or one well placed note.

Chicago native Ray Fuller, blessed with limitless capacities for taste, economy and sensitivity, is well on the road to such refinement, though it's mostly been other musicians who have realized it...." A. Scott Galloway

A graduate of Chicago's Kenwood Academy of the Arts and later The American Conservatory of Music, Ray "The Weeper" Fuller has continuously made his mark in the entertainment arena as a Guitarist, Performer and Musical Director.

While still in high school, he was already considered on the "A" lists of most record producers and jingles (commercials) in the Chicago area. He also toured the country with Curtis Mayfield and The Chi-Lites. At age 19, Ray toured South Africa with the Staple Singers. Seeing the conditions of a nation under Apartheid and a People oppressed beyond hope had a great impact on his perspective of life and opportunity. It was soon after that he embarked on the bigger challenges of his career and moved to Los Angeles. Ironically, 10 years later, Ray performed with Anita Baker as Musical Director as well as Natalie Cole for Mandela's "Freedom" concert, which celebrated his release from prison, and also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mandela and personally expressed to him of South Africa's inspiration to his own life.

In addition to album recordings and world tours, his guitar has been heard on numerous television and film soundtracks, to name a few; "The Bodyguard" ("I Will Always Love You"), "Leap of Faith", "Thelma & Louise" (recorded w/ B.B. King), "Another 48 Hours", "Boomerang", "Meteor Man", "Captain EO" (Disney), "The Prince of Egypt" (Dreamworks), to name a few.

The making of "The Weeper", his first CD as a leader, is something Ray Fuller sums up with a tired but happy shrug as a challenging but much needed and appreciated "process." The sheer determination that Fuller had to finish this project in the face of ceaseless personal distractions is a shining testament to his commitment to seeing it through.

"It's just real and a long time coming," Ray concludes. "There's always something else for a popular musician to do, but at some point we know when it's time to tell our own story. I don't think I was prepared to tell the story before. I'm not saying it's absolutely necessary for an artist to go through tragedy and drama before they can tell a story worthy of listening to. It's just 'more' about fully having something of value to say musically, and having a well-rounded vocabulary with which to 'speak' it."

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Alberto Enriquez


Received the CD on Friday last week and I had listened to it up to this point probably 10 times. It is the best CD I ever bought this year so far!
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Shakila

I Love it
The music realy move me.To much for words.
Thank you
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Lisa McGlown

I love your music Ray!! Phenominal Stuff!!!!!!
Ray your music is wonderful. Remakes are so tastefully done.
I love it!!!!! I remember the Whitney Houston and Anita Baker days. Congratulations on your solo CD!!!!

Lisa McGlown, Atlanta, Georgia
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Beverly Gatling


This CD has all the elements: funky, jazzy, smooth, romantic,laid back and is wonderfully refreshing. Looking forward to hearing more from Ray!!!
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G. Bates


Ray, I know it has been a couple months but hopefully you know I’m sincere when I tell you that I have listened to your CD several times...I was so glad you had a copy available after the...show...I will let you know that I have heard you on my DirecTV. I wish your project well. Gotta cheer for a Chicago guy!!!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New year. I hope to see you perform again...!
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Cedrick from Atlanta


The CD is killer. I have it on the rotation. Played it Friday nite for some neighbors who loved it. I loved the piece from beginnig to end which is rare these days. It was a great groove for a poolside set Friday.
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Kim Medley

A. Ray Fuller is a very talented man.
I absolutely love the CD. It is so relaxing and so enjoyable to listen to. From the peppy tunes to the mellow tunes, it's a great CD. I'm a big fan of smooth jazz. Thank you CD Baby for offering such great music.
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Jerry W. King

Jerry King
Truly one of the outstanding jazz guitar albums I have heard in recent years. Its in the same league as Norman Brown, Wes Mongomery, and George Benson. I hope more will follow from Ray Fuller, including a national tour.
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richard & sandee friend


hi ray...we just wanted to let you know after purchasing the cd...its been in my cd player of my car...and i play it over and over. i drive my son to school every day and pick him up too and he and i know all the songs already, its truly excellent...i find myself pushing repeat for
"spanish flyer", "the weeper" and "speak brother", i love it. god bless
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Swanzshine


I love it...Fantastic work ! May God continue to Bless you/your family. Keep the tunes coming :-) Blessings!
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