Pleze Jaz-Spel: Comforter 1[CD]
I hope you are enjoying the music. Here's a little about how it all came to be: My Mom, Estella, bought me my first horn at age twelve to play in the school band in my hometown of Winnfield, Louisiana and the next day I began to play by ear "When The Saints Go Marching In" during the funeral for our family dog, Shorty. Just a couple of years later the manager of a local band, Earl Duke's Review, came to my house and offered me a job playing the trumpet for money. Two years later I joined another band, Grady Lark and The Blues Message, for more money. A few years later I moved to Detroit to perform in Motown. I was hired into Chrysler upon arriving here. Within a few short years the wrong crowd with the late night lifestyle of drinking and drug use took over during which my trumpet just disappeared. In 1975 I was in a pawn shop and saw a Cornet and realized an emptiness in me. It had been three years since I last played. I bought the Cornet and practiced every day for about a year developing my own style to be more melodic than technical. I heard The Iron Horse Exchange was looking for horn players to audition. I played with them for about a year and then I started playing with a group called Martini when we met the late Carolyn Franklin, a renowned singer and song writer at that time and played trumpet and sang background for her several nights a week until she moved to California. I then formed my own horn section called the Esteemed Horns backing a group called Prodigy which lasted only a few months when the consistent witnessing of Jerry Overton, on my job at Chrysler, finally broke through the tough ground of "self" in my heart. It was the spring of 1979 when I went to church with Jerry at Greater Love Tabernacle where I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and was soon using my musical talents to serve Him for the sake of Eternity. Old things had passed away and all things had become new as I joined a gospel group called Perfect Peace and began ministering in churches, prisons and nursing homes. I released my first single "Get Right" in 1992. Then my first album "The Comforter" in 1996, followed by "Amalgamated Love" in 2001. These albums are an inspiring and unique combination of scripture and jazz music. I'm an ordained minister with a word to encourage and enlighten those that are weak. And those that are strong, to continue to embrace their relationship with God the Holy Spirit. To open the eyes of them that are lost, that they might see the glorious gospel of Christ and be saved. My contact number is (586-930-2478) These biblical lyrics are sure to bring God's peace to your heart and encourage you to stand in Faith while being brought into your fullness in Him. You will also grow in Love toward God, yourself and your neighbor. I consider it an honor to be part of this transition. Sincerely, Pleze Raybon.
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