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ROY AYERS
Born: 10 September 1940 in Los Angeles, USA.

Vibraphonist and vocalist.

Thanks to his trombone playing father and piano teaching mother, he became immersed in music from day one and the story goes that he was given his first set of vibe mallets by his hero Lionel Hampton at the age of five.

Constantly performing and recording since the 1960's, he is the most well known jazz vibraphonists. He has produced some of the most loved modern soul-jazz records of all time. Classics beyond genre such as, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", most influential afro-jazz with musician Fela Kuti, "Africa - Centre Of The World", and the most seminal jazz-funk, such as "Running Away".

2004 saw the release of "[url=http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-II-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/master/56721Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981[/url" which were 'lost' sessions tapes that he had discarded, along with various contemporary remixes. DJ Gilles Peterson described this as the equivalent of finding a lost [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Beatles,+TheBeatles[/url album. No doubt this helped him win the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Roy Ayers is ageless and evergreen, and as per the title of another one of hits, remember "We All Live In Brooklyn Baby".
 
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Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson: Step Into Our Life/Prime Time (Robinsons/Cherry Red)
Two of the jazz/funk greatest fusionists team up in the tail end of the disco-era, resulting in two fine albums of the era (from 1978 and 1980 respectively), brought together on CD for the first time. The CD opens with the percolating Heat Of The Beat, with its infectious rhythm and melody sets the tone to what to expect and has pleasant musical surprises throughout track by track journey. The AC friendly Give It To Me is a straight ahead musical doppledanger for Alan O’Day’s 70s pop smash Un...
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Roy Ayers September 1976 Interview
Mr. A's been in the biz for 3½ decades and right now he's enjoying more success than ever. Black music is the heart of American music, he says, and...
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Roy Ayers November 1977 Interview
In person interview conducted October 1977 at Roy's apartment/office on the upper westside of Manhattan IN AMONGST that unending list of pe...
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Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson January 1979 Interview
Add two liberal helpings of individual magic, stir gently, bring to the boil and serve funking hot! Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson divulge their joi...
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ROY AYERS: I'm The One (For Your Love Tonight) (SMCR-5033)
• Acknowledged as one of the true pioneers in the funk/jazz world and a mainstay in contemporary music for over four decades, multi-faceted musician, ...
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Roy Ayers 2003 SoulMusic.com Interview
He is one of the pioneers of the jazz-funk movement that started back in the ‘70s and although it’s a decade or so since Roy Ayers named appeared on t...
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