I know Ray Riendeau. We’ve done clinics and shows together and I know this dude can play, so I figured, “Cool. No brainer review… I’ll dig checking this CD out”. I wasn’t ready for it… i knew it’d be impressive but It’s really cool, too! Not just a technical display, but a very interesting album to listen to musically as well. Now, no doubt… Ray can give ANY slapper a serious run for his money, but I didn’t expect the vast display of groove, musicality and production. There is everything from fusion-y odd-time blowing to hip-hop/spoken word grooving. The unifying theme is… GROOVE. This is a head-bobbing type of CD that is as much impressive technically as it is fun musically. Great playing by all involved and the tone is all there. Now, I just need to get Ray to show me how in the name of all that’s sacred he played that slap solo over Ornithology!!??!!