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Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers - vibraphone, composer, bandleader, recording artist Roy Ayers was during the 1960s one of the most prominent and leading jazz vibraphone players in America. During the 1970s and 80s he came to change his focus and became one of the leading figures in R&B and jazz/funk. The 1990s has once again brought him into a new direction and he is now regarded being one of the greatest innovators of the acid jazz movement. His music has often been described as being years ahead of it's time. Ayers was born on September 10, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. Thanks to the influence of his mother, a piano teacher, and his father, a trombone player, Ayers was a musical child

Jazz Is Dead 2: Roy Ayers

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sold Out; Synchronize Vibration; Hey Lover; Soulful and Unique; Shadows of The East; Sunflowers; Gravity; Solace; African Sounds.

Jazz Is Dead 1

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hey Lover feat Roy Ayers; Distant Mode feat Gary Bartz; Nancy Wilson feat Brian Jackson; Conexão feat João Donato; Down Deep feat Doug Carn; Apocalíptico feat Azymuth; Não Saia Da Praça feat Marcos Valle; Jazz Is Dead feat The Midnight Hour.

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Big September Birthdays & More

Read "Big September Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We celebrate big September birthdays this week on G&M: Ray Charles, Muhal Richard Abrams and Sonny Rollins @ 90; Gary Bartz, Hamiet Bluiet, Dave Burrell and Roy Ayers @ 80! Of course, we have more: Horace Silver, Wilbur Ware, Elvin Jones, Sam Rivers, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. So many of the greats and near-greats celebrate ...

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Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases

Read "Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Genre-bending, re-imaginings of masters past and present, and eclectic alliances of musicians from different scenes and backgrounds are at the heart of this week's roll-call of new and upcoming releases, with the latest albums by Jyoti (a.k.a. Georgia Anne Muldrow), and Hal Willner, deserving special attention. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo ...

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Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers + Maceo Parker

Roy Ayers and Maceo Parker are two of my favorite jazz-soul and jazz-funk artists. Both recently released new albums. And both musicians started out as jazz players but invented new R&B forms during their careers—Ayers as a neo-soul vibraphonist and Parker as a bump-and-funk alto saxophonist. Their new albums are moody, funky and chill. Ayers is ...

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Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho

Read "Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho" reviewed by Chris May

Charles Tolliver has played with practically every major African American jazz stylist of his generation, and composed for some of them, too. In addition, he is the co-founder of Strata-East, the most influential label at the intersection of hard bop and spiritual jazz during the 1970s. Tolliver's long and distinguished career continues to flourish, with a ...

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Charles Tolliver: Connect

Read "Connect" reviewed by Chris May

Put out more flags. Connect, the first release from trumpeter Charles Tolliver in over a decade, is a monster. From the Saturday-night goodtime opener “Blue Soul" through to the intense, Spanish tinged, serpentine closer “Suspicion," the album finds Tolliver still at the top of his game in a recording career which began in the mid 1960s. ...

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as ...

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It Might Be You in the Dark - Celebrating Dave Grusin and Big Bill Broonzy

Read "It Might Be You in the Dark - Celebrating Dave Grusin and Big Bill Broonzy" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The end of June broadcast included a new single from trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan with Hagelslag, plus new releases from the Vanessa Perica Orchestra, with birthday shoutouts to vocalists Madeline Eastman, Tierney Sutton and Gillian Margot, composer and pianist Dave Grusin, harpist Brandee Younger and bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. Playlist Rachel Z “Artemisia" ...


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