Ray Obiedo's wide ranging sensibility derives from the broad exposure to music he had growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Miles Davis, Henry Mancicni, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the music of Motown were just a few of his early influences.
After perfecting the funky James Brown-style of melodic/percussive rhythm guitar, Obiedo stretched out into the jazz world, never straying very far from his pop and r&b roots.
The Ray Obiedo and Mambo Caribe Latin jazz infusion band is made up of top Bay Area musicians and reflects influences of Afro-Cuban rhythms. The group was formed by Obiedo in 2002 to explore his love of mainstream jazz, Brazilian, Afro/funk and Caribbean sounds.