As anyone familiar with the Boston scene knows, there are few things finer than hearing Ray take on an acoustic piano. But there are different ways to tackle the challenge, and Ray can make any path work. On 6/2 Ray decided to put on a clinic. I'm not a piano player but even in my ignorance I found myself shaking my head in amazement. No doubt any piano player in the audience would have been inspired - or perhaps frightened into giving up the instrument. It was a master indulging in the sheer joy of tackling the possibilities (maybe the impossibilities) of the instrument. I wish there had been a video recorder running. I show up for the surprises and sometimes - as in this case - I am rewarded.” Stu Vandermark, CADENCE Magazine
Ray Santisi, pianist/arranger/composer, was an internationally known jazz musician who played as featured soloist with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Natalie Cole, and countless other well-known jazz greats. He performed with Buddy DeFranco, Joe Williams, Gabor Szabo, Milt Jackson, Zoot Sims & Al Cohn, Carole Sloane, Clark Terry and Bobby Brookmyer.
Ray Santisi has been a featured pianist on Blue Note, Capitol, Prestige, Sonnet, Roulette, and United Artists Records. He has also recorded on Bethlehem, Transition, and Rasan record labels.
Santisi's 1990's release, SPELLBINDER weaves a correlation between the seven-four time signature in the title piece and the hypnotic effect created by a snake charmer. Special thanks to Whit Brown, bass; and Fred Buda, percussion for such wonderful support and cooperation. Sit back, listen, and become spellbound. Santisi released LIVE @RYLES JAZZ CLUB in 2005. Both albums are available through CDBaby.com and singles may be purchased through iTunes, Rhapsody and other popoular digital distributors. Click on the Discography section below for complete details.