Most recently Ray worked on the Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" CD , which includes tunes with Norah Jones, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Nathalie Cole, and others. He also worked on the "Ray" movie soundtrack.
Ray played on the new Joe Cocker CD "Heart and Soul", which was released a few weeks ago.
He continues to play with jazz singer Tierney Sutton. They have five CDs released through TelArc jazz label, and have been together as a band for 12 years. They will be touring the country all year.
The Christian Jacob trio released a CD titled "Styne and Mine" and is currently #3 on the jazz radio airplay charts after only a couple weeks. This is basically the trio supporting Tierney Sutton.
Ray recorded a CD with French pop star Veronique Sanson which has spent weeks at #1 on the European charts.
He has also recently recorded CDs with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and the Wayne Bergeron Big Band, both of which were nominated for Grammies, as well as the Jack Sheldon Big Band, and the Tom Kubis Big Band.
The live DVD he recorded with Pat Benatar, entitled "Summer Vacation", is now available.
Ray continues to do sessions in LA. Most recent movies: Assault on Precinct 13, Ray, Shrek, Brother Bear, and The Alamo. TV: The Gilmore Girls, The District, Charmed, and The Agency.
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Some people navigate the world quietly, treading softly wherever they go, leaving an impression that lasts nonetheless. Richard Spaven is such a person, his humble attitude and down-to-earth, warm personality actually draws people to him and when you hear what he has to say musically on the drum set, you know you should be paying close attention. In this current world of cut-throat business, hire and fire mentality and quick-fix it is refreshing to listen to a player that can deliver without adding any further brouhaha to the mix, a player that has his own unique take on how to make things swing, groove and excite, not only the artist that he is working for, but the audience too. With all these qualities, you know you are in the company of a great musician.