Today, September 10th, 2015, the great Mr. Roy Ayers turns 75-years-old. And honestly who better to pay homage to Daddy Bug than Gilles Peterson , who dips well beyond the obvious classics into the jazz/funk/soul giant’s catalog as leader, sideman and producer for this hour-plus mix. From the opening “Freedom Jazz Dance”-styled riffs of Jack Wilson’s “Ramblin” (featuring a young Roy on vibraphone, of course) through the Polydor-era deep cuts it’s clear this one’s for the “real heads” (as we used to say).
Celebrating the 75th birthday of Mr Roy Ayers with this mix, showcasing some of my favourite tracks from his slightly lesser known material…Well, I mean compared to tracks like ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, ‘Searching’, ‘We Live In Brooklyn’, ‘Running Away’ and ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’!
I also hear new stuff that I hadn’t noticed before when I listen to his music. Yhe track with Jack Wilson that opens the mix up is so heavy and cosmic for its time, and I’d forgotten about the track with Wayne Henderson! There are so many great albums out there including the two Virgin Ubiquities BBE put out. We could devote a whole week of radio programmes to Roy, his archive is so large!
He is the key to all things between jazz, soul, disco and hip hop. Thank you Roy for all the music.
Jack Wilson Quartet feat. Roy Ayers – Ramblin’. LP: Ramblin , 1966 (Fresh Sound Records)
Roy Ayers – Lil’s Paradise. LP: Stoned Soul Picnic , 1968 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – The Third Eye. LP: Everybody Loves The Sunshine , 1976 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – Intro. LP: Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival , 1972 (Verve)
Roy Ayers – Sweet Tears. LP: He’s Coming , 1972 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – Ain’t No Sunshine. LP: Red, Black and Green , 1973 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – A Tear to a Smile. LP: A Tear to a Smile , 1975 (polydor)
Roy Ayers – Every Time I See You. LP: You Send Me , 1978 (polydor)
Ethel Beatty – It’s Your Love. 12”: 1981 (Uno melodic)
Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson – For Real. LP: Step Into Our Life , 1978 (Polydor)
RAMP – I Just Love You. LP: Come Into Knowledge , 1977 (Blue Thumb)
Roy Ayers – Everybody. LP: Lots of Love , 1983 (Uno Melodic)
Roy Ayers – Destination Motherland. LP: Africa Centre of the World , 1981 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – Gotta Find a Lover. LP: Lifeline , 1977 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – You Came into my Life. LP: Lets Do It , 1978 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – Hummin’. LP: Ubiquity , 1970 (Polydor)
Roy Ayers – Shadows. LP: Daddy Bug , 1969 (Atlantic)
[via Gilles Peterson Worldwide ]