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Friday, October 10, 2008

Roy Ayers Discography



born September 10, 1940, Los Angeles

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Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the ’60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B bandleader in the ’70s/’80s. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music has been sampled by music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and Ice Cube.

Ayers recently recorded with hip-hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and jazz/R&B singer Will Downing. Many of Ayers’ songs including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,”, “Searchin”, “Running Away” have been frequently sampled and remixed by DJ’s worldwide.

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 sampled. Yet Ayers' own playing has always been rooted in hard bop: crisp, lyrical, rhythmically resilient. His own reaction to being canonized by the hip-hop crowd as the "Icon Man" is tempered with the detachment of a survivor in a rough business. "I'm having fun laughing with it," he has said. "I don't mind what they call me, that's what people do in this industry."

Growing up in a musical family — his father played trombone, his mother taught him the piano — the five-year-old Ayers was given a set of vibe mallets by Lionel Hampton, but didn't start on the instrument until he was 17. He got involved in the West Coast jazz scene in his early 20s, recording with Curtis Amy (1962), Jack Wilson (1963-1967), and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra (1965-1966); and playing with Teddy Edwards, Chico Hamilton, Hampton Hawes and Phineas Newborn. A session with Herbie Mann at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach led to a four-year gig with the versatile flutist (1966-1970), an experience that gave Ayers tremendous exposure and opened his ears to styles of music other than the bebop that he had grown up with.

After being featured prominently on Mann's hit Memphis Underground album and recording three solo albums for Atlantic under Mann's supervision, Ayers left the group in 1970 to form the Roy Ayers Ubiquity, which recorded several albums for Polydor and featured such players as Sonny Fortune, Billy Cobham, Omar Hakim, and Alphonse Mouzon. An R&B-jazz-rock band influenced by electric Miles Davis and the Herbie Hancock Sextet at first, the Ubiquity gradually shed its jazz component in favor of R&B/funk and disco.

In the 1980s, besides leading his bands and recording, Ayers collaborated with Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, formed Uno Melodic Records, and produced and/or co-wrote several recordings for various artists. As the merger of hip-hop and jazz took hold in the early '90s, Ayers made a guest appearance on Guru's seminal Jazzmatazz album in 1993 and played at New York clubs with Guru and Donald Byrd.







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ALBUMS



EPs
Both EPs : Roy Ayers - Vibes / Sonny Sharrock - Guitar / Miroslav Vitous - Bass / Bruno Carr - Drums


VIDEO

COMPILATIONS

PRODUCTION - ALBUMS

PRODUCTION - SINGLES

MISCELLANEOUS



92 comments:

zand said...

Exellent!!! Last week I was at his concert here in Moscow... What to tell... He is one of the greatest vibraphonists and showmen!!!


No Stranger To Love (Polydor 1979)
http://www.zshare.net/download/2033779041193b07/

Africa, Center Of The World (Polydor 1981)
http://www.zshare.net/download/20338521775ba353/

zand said...

Coffy - 1973

http://www.zshare.net/download/20341645f27f6aaa/

zand said...

Drive (Ichiban 1988)

http://www.zshare.net/download/20342427adc25478/

zand said...

Fever (Polydor 1979)

http://www.zshare.net/download/20381652f1c97d69/

zand said...

He's Coming (Polydor 1971)

http://www.zshare.net/download/203843349835f89e/

zand said...

Ubiquity (Polydor 1970)

http://www.zshare.net/download/2041691742439c8e/

zand said...

Red, Black And Green - 1976
http://www.zshare.net/download/2041728270e50f2a/

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zand said...

1973 - Virgo Red
http://www.zshare.net/download/204185155d987b4d/

zand said...

Change Up The Groove (Polydor 1974)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153298024/74_-_CUTG.rar

zand said...

A Tear To A Smile (Polydor 1975)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153302354/75_-_ATS.rar

zand said...

Mystic Voyage (Polydor 1976)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153309643/75_-_MV.rar

zand said...

West Coast Vibes (United Artists 1964)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153315324/63_-_WCV.rar

zand said...

Lifeline (Polydor 1977)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153323975/77_-_L.rar

zand said...

Starbooty (Polydor 1978)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153331626/78_-_S.rar

SelfScience said...

thanks Zand, I am linking as you post

zand said...

You Send Me (Polydor 1978)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153345095/78_-_YSM.rar

zand said...

Step Into Our Life (Polydor 1978)
http://rapidshare.com/files/153364733/78_-_SIOL.rar

zand said...

That's all for today. I'll try to continue tomorrow.

SelfScience said...

thanks for all the work brotha!

zand said...

;-)

zand said...

Look for this albums:
1967 - Virgo Vibes
1969 -Daddy's Back
1991 - Searchin'
1992 - Wake Up
1993 - Good Vibrations
1994 - Fast Money
1995 - Vibesman
1998 - Spoken Word
2001 - Live at Ronnie Scott's
I'll upload all other.

zand said...

Live At Montreux (Polydor 1972)
http://www.zshare.net/download/20458489e3d8e53d/

zand said...

Love Fantasy (Polydor 1980)
http://rapidshare.com/files/153508602/80_-_LF.rar

zand said...

Prime Time (Polydor 1980)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153509284/80_-_PT.rar

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zand said...

Feeling Good (Polydor 1982)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153514560/82_-_FG.rar

zand said...

Silver Vibrations (Polydor 1983)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153517719/83_-_SV.rar

zand said...

In The Dark (Columbia 1984)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153523189/84_-_ITD.rar

zand said...

You Might Be Surprised (Columbia 1985)

http://rapidshare.com/files/153523819/85_-_YMBS.rar

zand said...

I'm The One (For Your Love Tonight) (Columbia 1987)
http://rapidshare.com/files/153542242/87_-_ITO.rar

Nasté (Groovetown 1995)
http://rapidshare.com/files/153544336/95_-_N.rar

SelfScience said...

Wow Zand,

you have done one hell of a job with this. Thanks. Let me know if there is another artist. What about Barry White next?

zand said...

Let's finish this discography and we'll see later :-)

zand said...

Virgo Vibes (Atlantic 1967)

http://www.zshare.net/download/204882788a3040cc/

Elias said...

Hello, could you please let me know where can I find the James Brown - I Got You of 1966 ? The link in the blog is dead. Thank you ! Greetings from Brasil. Elias

Flashlight said...

What a fantastic list. Thanks folks!

Simon666 said...

Wow, just saw this one. GREAT job Selfscience and Zand!

i'm seeing him live in 2 weeks time and am very excited about it.

Anyway, I've linked up "Mahoghany Vibe", will search out more soon.

Simon

Simon666 said...

Added :

Virgin Ubiquity 1 : unreleased recordings 1976-81

Virgin Ubiquity 2 : unreleased recordings 1976-81

Simon666 said...

... and finally, added a few alternate links, plus a note that "Lots of Love" (1983) was later re-released as "Drive".

truelivin said...

Self-Sci & Zand, this is totally bananas! I dont know if you could come up with a better discography. Great job!!! One ? for you guys. I know Roy Ayers has done many albums as you have so graciously posted, but do you know of any artist he has produced for other that Ramp and Sylvia Striplin? Any help would be greatly apperciated.. By the way, get some rest you guys have pretty busy. Thanks again!!!!!

Simon666 said...

hi selfscience and zand -
Bad news! All the zshare links are dead, i.e. :

Virgo Vibes (Atlantic 1967)
Ubiquity (Polydor 1970)
He's Coming (Polydor 1971)
Live At Montreux (Polydor 1972)
Red, Black And Green (Polydor 1973)
Coffy (1973)
Virgo Red (Polydor 1974)
Fever (Polydor 1979)
No Stranger To Love (Polydor 1979)
Drive (Ichiban 1988)

Simon666 said...

... and good news, they're all back again?!?! weird. 5 mins ago they were "404 file not found" .... anyway good that they're back, i hope they stay..

Self-Science said...

naw, the Z-share links has been acting real funny. I haven't been able to download any of them.

Simon666 said...

hmm yeah, they're doing that thing where they count down, then return to the original page - Zshare has been buggy for a week now, hope they sort it ...

Simon666 said...

OK I've done some work here :

Added alternate blog links for these Zshare ones :

He's Coming (Polydor 1971)
Live At Montreux (Polydor 1972)
Red, Black And Green (Polydor 1973)
Coffy (1973)
Virgo Red (Polydor 1974)
Fever (Polydor 1979)
No Stranger To Love (Polydor 1979)
Drive (Ichiban 1988)

Also added alternate links for :

Daddy bug
Vibrations
Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Tear to a Smile
Step Into Our Life
Virgin Ubiquity 1 : unreleased recordings 1976-81
In The Dark (Columbia 1984)
You Might Be Surprised (Columbia 1985)
Prime Time (Polydor 1980)

Added a new album link to main list :

"Spoken Word" (with Bonita Brisker) (1998)

Added new miscellaneous section :

MISCELLANEOUS
"Love Not Truth" - Post Modern Jazz feat. Roy Ayers (2005)
Ayers - vibes on 6 tracks, vocals on 3

Added two new compilations :

My Vibes (80s-90s comp)
includes all of "Lots Of Love / "Drive" and others

Evolution - The Polydor Anthology (2 Cds)
Comprehensive 2 CD collection

From the Zshare links, the ones I could NOT find alternatives for were :

Virgo Vibes
Ubiquity

... so if anyone could up those, we'll be back where we were.

Simon666 said...

Hi guys,
I just posted "Coffy" at my blog with WAV and MP3 versions available.

Simon666 said...

Another update -
added some Ayers productions, albums and singles - couldn't find a copy of the "Eighties Ladies" album anywhere though - anyone got it ?

Simon666 said...

I saw Roy Ayers play last night and he was fantastic. I was five feet away from him and danced for two hours, great show.

Simon666 said...

just added "Live at New Morning" (2004) - check the link, not sure if this is video or audio? Has 8 rapidshare downloads.

zand said...

It's video!

Simon666 said...

thanks Zand, i've put it in a separate video category now.

Simon666 said...

I just added "Live at Arturo's", check it out ...

Simon666 said...

Added :

New link for :

Ubiquity (Polydor 1970)
(was a dead Zshare one)

Link for :

Africa, Center Of The World (Polydor 1981)

(there you go Trakbuv!)

Added to Miscellaneous :

"Ramblin" - Jack Wilson Quartet featuring Roy Ayers (1966)

Simon666 said...

Added a link for :

Hot (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House 1993)

Simon666 said...

.. .and new links for "Virgo Vibes"

Simon666 said...

.. added some alternate links

redredredred said...

I have uploaded the 2006 reissue of the 2001 album, Perfection. Enjoy!!!
http://www.zshare.net/download/512717189d05840a/

Simon666 said...

Big thanks for that redredred!
I've linked it up in the list.

jcmoss33 said...

You guys know some good music!!! Thanks.

redredredred said...

Here is Wake Up
http://www.zshare.net/download/5188828433eef078/

Enjoy!
redredredred

Simon666 said...

Hi redredred -

Thanks very much for your upload, but I din't think Zshare works any more. I have not been able to download anything from there for at least a month.

If at all possible, could you possibly re-up to Mediafire or Rapidshare ? I'm sure people would appreciate this a lot.

redredredred said...

Try this...
http://rapidshare.com/files/168457128/Roy_Ayers_-_Wake_Up.rar.html

Simon666 said...

Big thanks redredred, have linked it up :)

If you had a chance at some stage to re-up "Perfection", I'm sure folks would appreciate it.

redredredred said...

So here is Perfection again:
http://rapidshare.com/files/170601529/Perfection__2006_.rar.html

Simon666 said...

Thanks redredred! Have added the link, although Zshare seems to have (mostly) started working again in the last few days, after going bad for at least a month ...

truelivin said...

Anybody come up yet with the 80's Ladies?

Simon666 said...

Added to miscellaneous section :

"Lonely Avenue" - David 'Fathead' Newman ft Roy Ayers (1971)

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Simon666 said...

New addition to Roy Ayers Production section :

Eighties Ladies - "Ladies of the 80s" (1980)

.. rip donated to here by the amazing Nikos from the amazing Funk my Soul blog!

Simon666 said...

All My Fsvourite Sound and Funky Disposition links re-directed.

ewalk04 said...

This is my favorite post right here... Ayers is a beast...

Anonymous said...

I need Ethel Beatty - I Know You Care
No Love?

Simon666 said...

I did a really massive search for that a while back and couldn't find it. If you DO find it, please come back here and post a link k ?

Simon666 said...

New 320 rip of "Starbooty" (1978) generously donated by an anonymous friend. See alternate link above or just :

http://rapidshare.com/files/221599683/Ubiquity-Starbooty-1978.rar

Simon666 said...

Added to miscellaneous :

Roy Ayers Samples Mix - mix of hiphop tracks with Roy Ayers samples.

http://fat90smixesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/03/roy-ayres-samples-mix.html

Simon666 said...

Link for "Ubiquity" (1970) was dead, new one added.

boogie said...

Thank you very much for Virgo Vibes. Beautiful work you've done here!

Simon666 said...

Flac link added for "Stoned Soul Picnic"

Simon666 said...

Ultra-rare Roy Ayers EP added!

See EP section, and thank El Goog for ripping it if you follow the link ..

"Comin' Home Baby" 4 track EP (rec. 1968, released 1976)

Roy Ayers - Vibes / Sonny Sharrock - Guitar / Miroslav Vitous - Bass / Bruno Carr - Drums

Simon666 said...

Added to Miscellaneous :

DJ Muro- "The Vibe Obsession" - DJ mix, mostly Roy Ayers, see details :

http://dustisback.blogspot.com/2009/08/great-mix.html

Simon666 said...

FLACs added for two albums :

"ubiquity" and "Virgo Red"

Simon666 said...

link added :

"Virgin ubiquity Remixed"

http://music-is-so-special-version2.blogspot.com/2009/10/roy-ayers-virgin-ubiquity-remixed-2006.html

Simon666 said...

FLAC link added for "He's Coming" (1972)

http://jazzallthat.blogspot.com/2009/10/roy-ayers-ubiquity-hes-coming-1972.html

Simon666 said...

FLAC link added :

"Live at Ronnie Scott's" (1998)

http://jazzallthat.blogspot.com/2009/10/roy-ayers-live-at-ronnie-scotts-1998.html

Simon666 said...

Added to "Production - Singles"

Ethel Beatty - "I Know You Care"/ "It's Your Love"

http://sanpasqualeent.blogspot.com/2009/11/ethel-beatty-i-know-you-care-vls-1981.html

Simon666 said...

"MAhogany Vibe" relinked

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Simon666 said...

Thanks Nübeats, I've added a link :)

Simon666 said...

FLAC version of "Evolution" anthology added

alexandre said...

I would like to know if somebody in tha house have the "Double Trouble" LP, with Rick James.Greetings from Brasil!

Simon666 said...

Just added better quality version of Justo Almario "Interlude" in production section

Anonymous said...

Ubiquity II is gonezo.

Would some kind sir care to reupload that fine record?

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