Despite contributions from an abundance of soul-jazz greats including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Owens, and Garnett Brown, VIRGO RED is the most stripped-down and nuanced of Roy Ayers's Ubiquity LPs. Its sinuous funk grooves are first and foremost a showcase for the intuitive interplay of Ayers and electric keyboardist Harry Whitaker, whose Fender Rhodes fill-ins orbit Ayers's vibes solos like a planet circling the sun. The material is a crazy quilt of righteously soulful originals and deeply funky covers spanning Leroy Hutson's soul classic "Giving Love" to Stories' soft-pop smash "Brother Louie" to absolute treacle like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE's "The Morning After"--by all rights it shouldn't work, but as the astrological overtones winding through VIRGO RED attest, sometimes the stars align.
1. Brother Louie 2. Virgo Red 3. I Am Your Mind 4. The Morning After 5. Love From The Sun 6. It's So Sweet 7. Giving Love 8. Des Nude Soul
Baritone Vocals - Argerie Ayers , Arthur Clark , Denise Bridgewater* , Leslie Carter (2) , Seldon Powell , Willie Michael Bass - David Johnson (2) , Gordon Edwards Congas, Bongos, Vocals - Chano O'Ferral Drums, Percussion - Dennis Davis Guitar - Dennis Heaven , Will Hawes Percussion - Adrian Dey , Stephen Sadiz Shbazzberrios Piano, Electric Piano, Organ - Harry Whitaker Producer - Jerry Schoenbaum Sitar [Electric Sitar] - Jerry Friedman Trombone - Garnett Brown Trumpet - Cecil Bridgewater , Jimmie Owens Vibraphone, Organ, Vocals, Percussion - Roy Ayers Vocals - Dee Dee Bridgewater
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, July 1973
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Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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