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Roy Ayers at Yoshi's

Read "Roy Ayers at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Roy Ayers is Everywhere Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California November 27, 2015 The venerable vibraphonist Roy Ayers and his seasoned band performed during a sold out weekend at the East Bay's popular Yoshi's in Oakland's Jack London Square. The exuberant 75-year-old composer /musician opened the exciting second show with “Sweet Tears." Ayers surprised the full house by taking his band into his arrangement of Rick James' funky number one RB hit “Give It To Me Baby" ...

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Roy Ayers: West Coast Vibes

Read "West Coast Vibes" reviewed by Nic Jones

Roy Ayers had a career before he had hit records, and this reissue proves the vibraphonist was both well-versed and eloquent within the realm of post-bop jazz. In the company largely of a cast including pianist Jack Wilson and Curtis Amy on tenor and soprano saxophones, Ayers works his way through the kind of programme of standards and originals that was pretty much the order of the day back in the early 1960s. This does not, however, alter the fact ...

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Roy Ayers: Stoned Soul Picnic

Read "Stoned Soul Picnic" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Stoned Soul Picnic is vibraphonist Roy Ayers' third and probably best solo album, made in 1968 while he was still a part of Herbie Mann's group. Ayers stands clearly in the shadow of Bobby Hutcherson on this primarily modally-oriented date, sounding nothing like the groove-meister he would become known as later in the 1970s.Producer Mann, always an underrated talent scout, assembles an especially exceptional septet for Ayers here with Gary Bartz on alto sax, arranger Charles Tolliver on ...


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