Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Roy Ayers - Ubiquity (1970)



One of the greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time. The record is right in the same vein as Roy's groundbreaking He's Coming LP -- a righteous mix of soul jazz, subtle funk, and some of the cosmic wisdom that Roy was spreading among the jazz funk underground -- all wrapped up beautifully, but never in a way that's like commercial soul of the time. There's a few instrumental tracks on the album, plus some vocal ones that show that off-beat male/female style that Roy would use more famously in later tracks like "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" or his work with Ramp. Players include Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Edwin Birdsong on organ, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Jumma Santos on congas -- and titles include a version of Nat Adderley's "Hummin", done as "Hummin In The Sun", and very much in the Ramp vein. Also features instrumental cuts "The Fuzz", which has Roy's vibes toned way up, and the cool mellow "The Painted Desert", a really offbeat slow jazz number. The group also does a great job with Edwin Birdsong's "Pretty Brown Skin", picking up the song as a really anthemic groover that gives the record a nice kick. ~Dusty Groove America

Tracklisting

1. Pretty Brown Skin
2. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
3. I Can't Help Myself
4. Love
5. The Fuzz
6. Hummin'
7. Can You Dig It?
8. Painted Desert
9. He Gives Us All His Love


LP 58496 Polydor, 1971

9 comments:

Melanchthon said...

Wow, nice share again. Many thanks !

jpo said...

cool stuff--thanks for the ayers

Simon666 said...

wow, big thanks for this!

skin said...

Delta, baixei os arquivos e mensagem diz que o arquivo tá corrompido...pode me ajudar??

paros said...

yasou.. first of all i would like to say that you have a great blog here and thank you for your work. you have very good taste in music. and second is a question i have d/l the 2 files from rapid but cant seem to open them. i know they are flac but they are not rar files could you explain how to open them please i have tried everything but no luck.thank you and greetings from Paros.

paros said...

its ok i worked it out..
if any body else is havin probs with this old system of d/l you need to have this to open them
http://www.7-zip.org/

d3lta said...

right paros, you figured it out all by yourself ;-)

7z is a great (and open source) little program and I recommend its use on all kinds of compressed archives.

PabloGriffin said...

Would someone be so kind as to point me to the links?

PabloGriffin said...

Does anyone have the links for this? I don't see it.

I would be incredibly grateful!