Ray Suhy: "I used an Ibanez RG for a death metal tour, and a few months later I used the same guitar on a jazz album!"

Ray Suhy
(Image credit: Wills Weller)

Onstage with Six Feet Under, Ray Suhy is all velocity and volume, tearing through guitar riffs destined to make ears bleed. Conversely, with his jazz quartet, it’s about clean lines and melody. Same coin, different sides, but in Suhy’s eyes, the two aren’t far apart.

Transcendent is the second release from the Ray Suhy/Lewis Porter Quartet and the follow-up to 2018’s Longing. Suhy and jazz pianist/historian/author Porter are joined by bassist Brad Jones (Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones) and drummer Rudy Royston (Bill Frisell, Ravi Coltrane) - a gathering of virtuosos who spent six hours in the studio, with no rehearsals, one or two takes per track, and little to no overdubbing. The result is superb.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.