Daddy Bug & Friends
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||Daddy Bug||Roy Ayers||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bonita||Roy Ayers||2:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||This Guy's In Love With You||Roy Ayers||4:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Love You Michelle||Roy Ayers||4:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shadows||Roy Ayers||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Emmie||Roy Ayers||4:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Look to the Sky||Roy Ayers||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Could Only Happen With You||Roy Ayers||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Roy Ayers’ second and final album for Atlantic features an incredible lineup of supporting talent. Aided by producer Herbie Mann, Ayers recruited Ron Carter to play drums and Herbie Hancock to play piano. The eccentric virtuoso guitarist Sonny Sharrock contributes guitar to a throbbing rendition of Laura Nyro’s “Emmie.” However, Daddy Bug's secret weapon is undoubtedly William S. Fischer, one of Atlantic's in-house arrangers during that time. His dark and unusual strings are the ideal counterpart to Ayers’ shimmering vibraphone, giving these performances a darkly gorgeous dimension that Ayers would retain for years to come. Bossa nova takes were a dime a dozen during this era, but Ayers manages to put his individual stamp on “Bonita,” “Look to the Sky," and “It Could Only Happen with You,” three songs written by Brazilian guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim. In his vibraphone playing, Ayers retains the whispered restraint of Jobim’s vocals while at the same time opening a lustful corridor in the seemingly harmless ditties.
Born: September 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s