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Virgin Ubiquity II (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)

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Editors’ Notes

The response to the first volume of unreleased Roy Ayers recordings was so overwhelmingly positive that BBE decided to put out a sequel, Virgin Ubiquity II. “Kwajilori” has the playful innocence of a children’s song, and features a tightly woven track that is reminiscent of Chic, almost skeletal compared to Ayers’ typically lush productions. “Release Yourself” is a peek into Ayers’ electro-funk years and would fit easily alongside early-‘80s jams by Cameo and the Gap Band. The song is sung by Terri Wells, one of the lesser-know female singers to front Ayers’ group. She also appears on “Holiday,” an eerily spiritual song that anticipates the rich balladry of Anita Baker. Even when Ayers is making a very simple groove — as with “Liquid Love” or “Third Time” — it becomes an irresistible artwork. He had a way of making disco feel very intimate. The collection offers a glimpse into the maestro’s process with a demo of “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” Ayers’ signature song. Though a band appears on the recording, it feels like a solo reading, as Ayers and his vibraphone incant the melody like whispered secret.

Customer Reviews

Respect Mr. Ayers

If you are a hip hop head you need to purchase this and all of his albums. Hip hopm artist have been sampling his music for years. listen and enjoy

dopeness

crazy stuff especially on LP

i finally get it

i grew up hearing Roy Ayers but i never really got his sound, picked his first two albums for Polydor and i still didn't get it fully, now after exploring him on itunes i finally get it and i'm loving it

Biography

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...
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