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Roy Ayers was on a creative hot streak when he released Mystic Voyage, the second LP he put out in 1975. He maintained the searching, moody quality that had marked all his previous work, but the influence of funk acts like Parliament, Sly Stone, and Earth, Wind & Fire became more noticeable. “Funky Motion,” “Spirit of Doo Do," and “Life Is Just a Moment” are led by a beautifully fat bass sound; these songs would be at home pouring from the back of some gangster’s trunk sound system, right next to Parliament’s “P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up).” At the same time, Ayers’ vibraphone-led arrangements stand in their own world. Even though it was a relatively simple instrumental, “Mystic Voyage” can easily be identified as an Ayers original, simply because it exudes his trademark sultry but intricate atmosphere. This album also marked the introduction of a key player into the Ubiquity family. The songbird Chicas takes vocals on “A Wee Bit” and “Take All the Time You Need,” an exquisite human presence at a time when most female singers were trying to be larger than life.


Born: September 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Once one of the most visible and winning jazz vibraphonists of the 1960s, then an R&B bandleader in the 1970s and '80s, Roy Ayers' reputation s now that of one of the prophets of acid jazz, a man decades ahead of his time. A tune like 1972's "Move to Groove" by the Roy Ayers Ubiquity has a crackling backbeat that serves as the prototype for the shuffling hip-hop groove that became, shall we say, ubiquitous on acid jazz records; and his relaxed 1976 song "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" has been frequently...
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