Ayers is truly a legend in his own right. To be involved
in music for well over 40 years (and still going strong I might add)
is a rarity in itself and he's not missed a beat the entire journey.
He is a master vibest who's patented the jazz funk sound during the
70s and 80s and literally made it his own.
His start in music was not deliberate
but at a young age started singing in church choirs and his life changed
when his parents took him to see vibe legend 'Lionel Hampton'. After
his performance Lionel would normally take a stroll through the isles
and noticed a young 5 year old boy about to jump out of his skin.
After meeting Lionel, much to both Roy and his parent's surprise Lionel
gave him a set of 'vibes and hence it begins....a legend is born.
He started to teach himself and soon mastered the instrument.
He released his debut album 'West
Coast Vibes' back in 1961 and never looked back since.
Roy's body of work is truly amazing working with some of the industry's
elite including Herbie Mann, Chico
Hamilton and Bobbi Humphrey
and his label Uno Melodic gave
us sought after hits from Sylvia Striplin,
The Eighties Ladies and Ramp
(which by the way stands for Roy
Productions). Would you believe
that for several years during the 70s he released no less than two
albums per year and in one instance released four.
His latest release 'Baby
Doll' is an example of the 'master at work', an uptempo
jazz funk groove that was probably conceived in or about the same
time that the hits 'Running Away'
and 'Get on up, Get
on down' came to light. As you would expect Roy delivers
another excellent performance and gives his fans another masterpiece
to dwell on - I'm sold.....nuff said.
Oh by the way, this one is not
found on his new album 'Roy Ayers Virgin
if you find it, get it (promise you won't regret it) - a TY-D
Listen to Roy
Ayers - 'Baby