“Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time…with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction.” (Downbeat Magazine)
“Real Feels” – brings together a unique band that includes New York rising stars guitarist Gilad Hekselman (Esperanza Spalding, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard) and drummer Colin Stranahan (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel). With Raymond at the helm solely on flugelhorn, this bass-less group puts a fresh spin on familiar songs, many of them stemming from Raymond’s roots as a Midwesterner. From American folk songs like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” to classic hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” to Lennon & McCartney’s “Blackbird,” to Thom Yorke’s indie-rocker “Atoms for Peace,” the music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past. However, “Real Feels” is far from being antiquated; the band’s improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant. Combine that with the deep camaraderie the trio shares and “Real Feels” radiates a kind of authenticity that distinguishes it from anything else.