Ray!

Carmen Gomes Inc.

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We are very excited to release a new album from one of Native DSD Music’s most popular bands: Carmen Gomes Inc. from Sound Liaison. In just days after its release, Ray! became our #1 DSD Best Seller.

Music is about the only thing left that people don’t fight over” as Ray Charles used to say. To Carmen Gomes, this album represents a ray of light during the darkness, and she hopes it can be that for you as well.

“Sometimes my dreams are so deep that I dream that I’m dreaming”.
Ray Charles

“We started working on Ray! in the unencumbered period before the adversity of Covid 19 came upon us. In the darkest period of lockdowns, we left it alone, and recorded ‘Up Jumped the Devil’ which somehow was more in sync with the life we were living in that period. When the restrictions were lifted, it felt just like Ray’s song ‘The Sun is Gonna Shine Again’; everything seemed possible.  

We recorded the last part of the album this summer. And a long and beautiful summer it was, a summer which made one feel grateful for all that seemed so self-evident before.

Mixing and mastering was finished just before the sky clouded over and another wave came upon us. But I still have faith. Together we are strong, and we have music to get us through this. Because “Music is about the only thing left that people don’t fight over” as Ray Charles used to say.

To me this album represents a ray of light during the darkness, and I hope it can be that for you as well.”

– Carmen Gomes

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Behind the Scenes of Carmen Gomes Inc.s’ New Album: Ray!

Carmen Gomes Inc.
Carmen Gomes – Vocals
Folker Tettero – Guitar
Peter Bjørnild – Double Bass
Bert Kamsteeg – Drums

Tracklist

1.
Worried Mind prologue
00:58
2.
The Sun is gonna shine again
03:02
3.
CC Rider
05:08
4.
Let the good times roll
03:30
5.
Drown in my own tears
04:14
6.
Georgia on my mind
06:06
7.
Willow weep for me
03:30
8.
Don't you know baby
03:14
9.
Them that got
03:29
10.
But on the other hand babe
04:27
11.
Let's go get stoned
03:48
12.
Makin whoopee
03:34
13.
Worried Mind epilogue
01:17

Total time: 00:46:17

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SL1052A

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Analog to Digital Converter

Horus, Merging Technologies

Cables

AudioQuest

Double bass brass-slide C-extension

Double bass brass-slide C-extension made by Jeppe Mørch Sørensen

Mastering Engineers

Frans de Rond (DXD), Tom Caulfield (DXD to DSD Transfers)

Microphone Preamp

Horus, Merging Technologies

Microphones

Carmen Solo: Josephson C700S Duo Carmen and Peter: 2x Josephson C700S One Mic recording: Josephson C700S

Multi-mic setting: Carmen – Josephson C716 Folker – Josephson C700A Peter – Josephson C700A Bert – Josephson C700S, 2x DPA 4006, Josephson C715

Monitoring Equipment

TAD Compact Evolution Loudspeakers, Sim by Moon Audio 760A, Hifiman HE1000 & Sennheiser HD800S Headphones

Original Recording Format

Producer

Peter Bjørnild

Recording Engineer

Frans de Rond

Release Date December 27, 2021

Press reviews

Hi-Fi News & Reviews

Subtlety Wins Out

Play Carmen Gomes, Inc.’s latest album, Ray! and the sheer intimacy of Gomes’s voice, accompanied by no more than guitar, bass and drums – or indeed just bass on ‘The Sun Is Gonna Shine Again‘ – makes for a compelling listen, the amp working with source and speakers to give a real ‘artists in the room’ effect.

There’s no overt ‘hi-finess’ here, but instead an honest, rich and enveloping sound from boogie to sweeping orchestra to sultry Jazz.

Jazzflits

Singer Carmen Gomes steps into big shoes with her new album ‘Ray!’

With her regular combo she has sings 13 songs that we know from the legendary American singer, pianist and composer Ray Charles recorded in its own bluesy version. You have to but dare to interpret the work of The Genius. Gomes dares it and performs it with sophisticated arrangements have their own twist on classics such as ‘CC Rider‘, ‘Georgia On My Mind‘ and ‘Let The Good Times Roll‘. Carmen’s approach to the soul, jazz and blues by Charles is characterized, just like her earlier work, through respect for the original and a quirky straightforward approach.

Her companions – bassist and husband Peter Bjørnild, drummer Bert Kamsteeg and guitarist Folker Tettero – don’t play a note too many, but what they playing is rock solid. In some pieces Gomes even enough with a measured bass part by Peter, for example in ‘Making Whoopee‘ and ‘The Sun Is Gonna Shine Again‘.

Carmen doesn’t like voice acrobatics. However she swings and touches her ode to Ray from the first until the last note. That she belongs to the top of Dutch Jazz was already apparent in 1994 when she won the Dutch Jazz Vocal Competition. With the entrance of Folker Tettero in 2006 the blues got the upper hand in the Carmen Gomes Inc. band. Carmen leans comfortably on Folker’s measured chords and riffs. Nevertheless, the Jazz always audible in Gomes’ trained voice, which challenges and drags along – without exaggeration or raising your voice.

Positive Feedback

With the wonderful lead vocals of Carmen Gomes, the Carmen Gomes Inc. band delivers an album I find totally engaging from start to finish. They make these songs completely their own while honoring the great Ray Charles in so doing.

And a fresh sound they indeed deliver. This is their music, with a nod to the master here and there. Never over-produced, always respecting each other, the musicians find a nice balance of supporting each other, challenging each other, complementing each other, never stepping on one another.

Sound Liaison’s recordings continue to impress me with their very clean, transparent, and precisely localized sound. Recording engineer Frans de Rond’s signature is readily apparent in the purity of sound and precise placement of performers that he achieves in this multi-microphone studio recording. If you’ve heard his “One Mic” recordings on Sound Liaison, you will know how special his recordings can be.

I was a bit hesitant at first knowing this would be a multiple microphone outing. But he pulls it off superbly in a highly phase coherent, tightly knit, outcome that belies its multi-mic roots. As with his other recordings, this displays great depth, and almost physically palpable placement of the musicians in the soundstage.

Highest recommendation.

Audiophile Style

If you enjoy Carmen Gomes, Inc. you will love this album. The Sound Quality is spectacular.

Smooth, great tone and realism.

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