Early this week on Monday my good friends performed at No Black Tie, one of Kuala Lumpur’s well know jazz club. Currently the whole new revamped place also hosts other events than jazz music. Anyway, I know Ray for a long time now and they sound AWESOME together as a band. Here are some some shots from that night :
Well those the shots I took on the night. A bit more on the band itself, this excerpt is from their Facebook page :
“Ray Cheong has a voice as true as a bell, as oddly world-weary as a Charlie Chaplin smile, as broken as a heart. The world if we read the rave reviews on this fast emerging singer-songwriter, will fall in love with this unmistakable voice soon enough.
Although his “soulful ways” are constantly being associated with big names like John Mayer and Ben Harper of the United States, Ray begs to differ as he feels that he portrays music in a whole different way. Being inspired to sing and to be…
The Ray & Ash trio started off as a duo in early 2007. Prior to that lead singer Ray Cheong was performing solo as a jazz/blues guitarist and singer all around Malaysia. With the arrival of drummer Ash, they started performing a number of covers at small gigs and open mic nights in KL and Penang. Their style varies from slow serenading numbers to upbeat driving funk.
Since both Ray & Ash come from a rock background, they also incorporate that style into their music. Now with the addition of bassist Zaim, they have spread out to perform at bigger venues as a band with a complete sound performing regularly at venues like Groove Junction, Hartamas and many others.”
Also here are some videos of them performing :
These are some videos of Ray singing on his Youtube channel:
Well, for me personally they are one kick @$$ band and the next time when you here the name The Ray Cheong Trio please make sure to go and see them as they will blow your mind away with the groovy styles. I am big fan of funk and blues and these dudes manage to break the boundaries and play some wholesome music that sounds good, no gimmicks and fancy smancy things, but just pure heart and soul towards creating AWESOME music.