||The Ringer||Roy Ayers||7:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ayerloom||Roy Ayers||5:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In the Limelight||Roy Ayers||6:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Virgo Vibes (Outside Blues)||Roy Ayers||12:49||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Glow Flower||Roy Ayers||7:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Long before he switched to playing disco and pop music, Roy Ayers was considered a promising young jazz vibraphonist. This LP, his second as a leader, was one of his finest. On four of the five selections (obscurities and pieces by group members), Ayers teams up with trumpeter Charles Tolliver, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Bruno Carr, and the mysterious pianist Ronnie Clark (Herbie Hancock under a disguised name). On "Glow Flower," Ayers and Tolliver are joined by Harold Land on tenor, pianist Jack Wilson, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Donald Bailey. The music is primarily advanced hard bop with some freer moments on Tolliver's "The Ringer." This underrated music is long overdue to be reissued on CD and displays Roy Ayers' long before he was known as an R&B artist.
Born: September 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s