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Nura Rediscovers — Ray Angry Listens to 'Donuts' by J Dilla

Born: Albany, Georgia
Based: Brooklyn, NY
Can't leave the house without: My Nuraphones

Ray Angry is a seasoned veteran, and one who is in high demand. The pianist, composer, producer and musical director is classically trained with roots in gospel, his eclectic talent somehow firmly planted in jazz while also stirring the pot of pan-global pop. 

His huge list of playing, writing and producing credits ranges all over the musical map and dates back to the ‘90s, with the so-called ‘Mr. Goldfinger’ having laid his midas touch on work with everyone from Mick Jagger to Christina Aguilera, Miguel to Sting, Ja Rule to D'Angelo, Joss Stone to Solange Knowles. As if that weren’t enough, he is also an ongoing member of the three-time Grammy-winning and fourteen-time nominated band The Roots.

We caught up with this musical force of nature in our Rediscovers series to talk about one of his favourite albums, J Dilla’s Donuts

Describe 'you' to our audience: 

I’m a man who loves music, people and always trying to find new ways to connect the two. I’m a Composer, Visionary and aand life and love learning new things. Definitely Art Tatum, George Duke, J Dilla, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Keith Jarret, Thomas Whitfield, Commissioned and a host of other musical legends

Who are your biggest musical influences? 

Definitely Art Tatum, George Duke, J Dilla, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Keith Jarret, Thomas Whitfield, Commissioned and a host of other musical legends

Is there anyone you dream of collaborating with that you haven’t yet had the chance to? 

Oh Yes!!!! Bjork!!!! I LOVE everything about her. She’s a true inspiration because of all the barriers she’s broken throughout her career, she’s really pushing the envelope. I’d love to work with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, I’m a huge fan of his work and I’ve always dreamed of scoring films.

What's your favourite track to relax to?

My favorite track to relax to is Sidney’s Soliloquy by Mel Tormé. And of course the album Kind of Blue is also a favorite of mine.


You can binge our entire Rediscovers series here.

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