Michael RuffCHRISTIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
...I found that answer after watching Michael Ruff in concert at La Ve Lee Jazz Club in Studio City, California.
What makes this such an interesting viewing point is La Ve Lee and is one of Los Angeles' most respected jazz clubs and Michael Ruff
is a Christ follower.Put those two elements together and what you wind up with is amazing groove coupled to a deep-rooted message of love.Michael Ruff
has played or recorded with Chaka Kahn, David Sanborn, Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt, The Winans, and Al Jarreau (to name a few).
website it says, "Michael's
style could be described as West Coast with a strong dash of chili pepper funk.
, music has always been very personal.He
music have been evolving in a natural progression.As he
states, "It's not about me anymore."He
even makes a joke about it in concert and says, "You can find out what I'm up to on my website "itsallaboutme.com".Michael
reminds me that, "Christ wasn't much for convention."So for Michael Ruff
to present the Gospel in jazz clubs throughout the world makes sense.Through music, Michael
becomes a bridge.He
has much to offer as one of his
songs unforgettably reminds us to "Show the world our love."
doesn't beat around the bush.He
gets top musicians and lets them take off.The nights I saw Michael
group were an unforgettable experience.
has several CD releases (you can find out about his
work at michaelruff.com.), but his
latest release, Waters of Love, is his
I introduced Michael Ruff's
CD to a famous musician and all he
could say after listening to each track is, "Whoa!"It is the convergence of technology, passion, and message that make this CD worth getting. Michael
didn't know where else to go but to God and at 3 o'clock in the morning cried out, "Jesus, are you real?"That was the turning point in a man who had much before him except his
own salvation.From that point on he
began writing music about his
spiritual journey.Michael is now a worship leader on the island of Kauai.
I asked Michael
, "If you could say one thing to worship leaders and/or Christian musicians, what would that be?"He
responded without hesitation, "Get right with God."