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Bad Kat Karma

by Steve Raybine

smooth jazz, melodic pop, R & B with Latin influences
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bad Kat Karma
5:35 $0.99
2. Breezin'
4:44 $0.99
3. Cha Cha Cool
3:48 $0.99
4. Bop City
3:48 $0.99
5. Indigo Night
5:55 $0.99
6. Sunny
3:36 $0.99
7. Breckenridge Blue
4:35 $0.99
8. Querido David
3:49 $0.99
9. Second Chance
4:22 $0.99
10. Song for Sam
2:58 $0.99
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3329 Bridgeford Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68124
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Steve Raybine is a virtuoso vibraphonist; percussionist; composer/arranger; instructor and clinician. He received degrees from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Iowa. As the co-founder, co-musical director, and performer/composer of the critically-acclaimed progressive jazz ensemble AURACLE, he toured the United States and Europe and recorded two albums (Glider and City Slickers) on Chrysalis Records. During his eight-year tenure with Auracle, Raybine performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland,; Frankfurt Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland. He has played at prominent jazz venues including Dontes, the Baked Potato, the Lighthouse, the Other End, the Paradise, and the Roxy. As a Los Angeles studio musician in the mid-1970's, he played for episodic and commercial television soundtracks at MGM, Universal, and Paramount recording studios, and was affiliated with ATV Publishing Corporation. Raybine's freelance performance credits include Ed Shaughnessy, Dizzy Gillespie, Rick Braun, Ndugu Chancler, Michael Feinstein, Jack Jones, Roger Williams, Karrin Allyson, Dave Brubeck, as an opening act for Stanley Jordan, the Kansas City (MO) Jazz Conference, the Omaha Big Band, as well as local and regional orchestras.

Raybine performs nationally at colleges and universities as a jazz artist and as a vibraphone soloist, recitalist and clinician He has appeared at Northern Illinois University, Marshall University; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Northeast Missouri State University; Florida State University; Nebraska Wesleyan University; University of South Dakota; the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Saint Mary's University of Minnesota-Winona campus, Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, and Creighton University, and gave a clinic at the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASICS) in Dallas, Texas, featuring his MIDI vibe innovations.

Raybine has taught Jazz Studies and Percussion at Universities for over ten years with lectures and performances featured on Nebraska Public Radio and Nebraska Educational Television. He has presented research papers at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conferences, which were published in conference proceedings. Raybine has had numerous articles published in Percussive Notes and Sticks and Mallets publications. In 1997, he received the Jazz Educator of the year Award for the State of Nebraska from the National Band Association. He is Past-President of the Nebraska Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is a Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) composer. Raybine is an artist and clinician with Ludwig/Musser, endorses Mike Balter Mallets, and is the owner of SAR Music, LLC.

Steve Raybine and his band perform his original contemporary jazz music which incorporates urban funk, rhythm and blues, pop and Latin music elements. His melodically-appealing music has been featured on numerous radio stations such as KIOS FM, KVNO FM, and KCTY AM, Omaha, NE; KWSJ, Wichita, Kansas; KWYK, Farmington, New Mexico; and Eastside Radio 89.7 FM, Sydney, Australia. In addition, his music has been showcased on the nation's #1 smoothjazz online radio station, His first CD release was entitled Steve Raybine: Balance Act. His new CD, Bad Kat Karma, was released in July, 2005, on BAD KAT Records, LLC, and features guest performances by Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell and others. Steve and his band debuted at the 2003 Genuine Jazz Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. His band has played local festivals and venues in Nebraska and Iowa, including Jazz on the Green, the West Omaha Jazz and Gospel Festival, and recently was reinvited to play at the 2005 Genuine Jazz Festival. For further information about Raybine's music. performing dates, and contact information please visit his website at



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Elaine Miller, freelance writer and contributer to Smoothnotesan

\"Steve Raybine is known as \'Master of the Mallets.\' BKK has a nice groove wit
Steve Raybine, known affectionately as the "Master of the Mallets," is a unique musician in today's genre of contemporary jazz. Bad Kat Karma is his second solo release featuring original contemporary jazz with 8 of the 10 tunes being written by Raybine. The two cover tunes, "Breezin" and "Sunny," are so unlike the originals that one almost assumes they are Raybine's as well. BKK contains musical elements of jazz, R&B, Latin, pop, and light funk. The album overall has a nice underlying groove with very intoxicating, hypnotic and catching melodies. The feel of Bad Kat Karma is very enjoyable. You can listen to this disc in a traffic jam, you can listen to this disc while enjoying the company of friends, or you can listen to this disc while experiencing a romantic evening. BKK really has no boundaries when it comes to listening pleasure or preference. And one never really tires of listening to BKK. On BKK, Steve has some very notable guest appearances. Many jazz aficionados may remember Steve as co-founder (with college friend and fellow c-jazz artist, Rick Braun), of the jazz group Auracle. Guest artists include Rick Braun on keyboards, trumpet and programming, Randy Jacobs on guitar, fellow Auracle bandmate, Steve Kujala on flute, Nelson Rangell on alto saxophone, Chad Stoner is featured throughout the CD on alto and tenor saxophone, Rashad McPherson on vocals, and it must be noted that Steve's son, David, also appears on BKK playing alto sax. "Bad Kat Karma" is the funky cut with a nice rhythm section incorporated into and throughout the tune, with a very nice alto sax piece featuring Chad Stoner. "Breezin" has a relaxed, island like version of the classic George Benson cover written by Bobbie Womack. Arranged by Rick Braun it features Braun on keyboards, Randy Jacobs on guitar and Steve Kujala on flute. "Breckenridge Blue" is a beautiful and somewhat romantic song inspired from the 2003 Breckenridge Genuine Jazz Festival. It takes you back to the beautiful mountain air, listening to jazz spread out on a blanket at the base of the slopes and just taking it and all the beauty in!. "Indigo Night" is dedicated to wife, Beth, and features Rick Braun on muted trumpet and has a very soft, smooth jazz radio feel, leaving you longing for nights of quiet romance. So get going, put on your Cha Cha Cool shades, in the Breezin, Sunny, Breckenridge Blue, before the Indigo Night in the Bop City and show everyone what Bad Kat Karma is! Put in a copy of BKK and experience and hear for yourself what the "Master of the Mallets," Steve Raybine has to say. I promise you, you will not be disappointed!

Mike O'Brien, Talent Buyer - Genuine Jazz Festival

Bad Kat Karma is currently our favorite CD!
Steve Raybine is truly a gifted composer and dynamic live performer. I expect Bad Kat Karma to be a big national break out release for him. Jazz aficionados need to become acquainted with Steve Raybine as he is well deserving of wider recognition.

The Genuine Jazz Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado, was proud to have presented Steve as a feature artist in 2003 and we had him back by popular demand in 2005. It is rare to see such instrumental virtuosity, deft composing and savvy stage presence in one musician.

Bad Kat Karma is currently our favorite CD. Steve named one song, Breckenridge Blue, from the inspiring mountain views at our festival.

From his collaborations with Rick Braun in the past to his current work, Steve Raybine’s
musical prowess shines. Genuine Jazz is proud of Steve and his strong new CD release, Bad Kat Karma.

Mike O'Brien---Talent Buyer-Genuine Jazz Festival, Breckenridge, CO. Go to December 6, 2005

Sandy Shore, Pres.

Steve\'s infectious melodies are sure to get you groovin\'... the vibe is defini
When we refer to Steve Raybine as an accomplished musician, it's an understatement. Steve is not only a virtuoso vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer/arranger, he is also an instructor and clinician. If your passion for jazz is deep, you'll no doubt recall the progressive jazz ensemble Auracle. Steve co-founded this band and toured the U.S. and Europe with them and also recorded two albums (Glider and City Slickers) on Chrysalis Records. BAD KAT KARMA is the 2nd solo release for this talented recording artist... This new collection of mostly original Smooth Jazz adeptly incorporates urban funk, R&B, pop and Latin influences. Steve's infectious melodies are sure to get you groovin'. You simply cannot slip vibes into the mix and not enjoy the listening experience! BAD KAT KARMA includes a fun, laid back version of the George Benson smash, "Breezin" featuring former Auracle band mate, Rick Braun on keyboards and programming as well as acclaimed flutist Steve Kujala. Braun also appears on the beautiful ballad, "Indigo Night," playing his instrument of choice: the trumpet. Saxman, Nelson Rangell appears on the exhilarating tune, "Bop City," and we're happy to hear the Raybine original, the chillin' "Cha Cha Cool," included on the CD as well. You'll also discover a hip and relaxed jazz version of Sunny" featuring the vocals of Rashad McPherson and something spicy called "Querido David" and one of our favorites, a lovely little piece called, "Song For Sam." The vibe is definitely good on BAD KAT KARMA!

Meagan Wilcox

I love it!
My favorite song is definitely "Sunny" it was amazing, McPherson has quite a voice.


Simply great and grooving
I heard this CD on Smooth Jazz Radio the first time. Usually the music there sounds like background music in supermarkets. But Bad Kat Karma really grooves. One of my favorite CDs in the moment. Caution: don't listen to it during driving - you may end up with a speed ticket.