Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers

Real Name:
Roy Edward Ayers
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American funk, soul and jazz composer and vibraphone player born 10 September 1940 in Los Angeles.

Thanks to his trombone playing father and piano teaching mother, he became immersed in music from day one and the story goes that he was given his first set of vibe mallets by his hero Lionel Hampton at the age of five.

Constantly performing and recording since the 1960's, he is the most well known jazz vibraphonists. He has produced some of the most loved modern soul-jazz records of all time. Classics beyond genre such as, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", most influential afro-jazz with musician Fela Kuti, "Africa - Centre Of The World", and the most seminal jazz-funk, such as "Running Away".

2004 saw the release of "Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981" which were 'lost' sessions tapes that he had discarded, along with various contemporary remixes. DJ Gilles Peterson described this as the equivalent of finding a lost Beatles album. No doubt this helped him win the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Roy Ayers is ageless and evergreen, and as per the title of another one of hits, remember "We All Live In Brooklyn Baby".

Father of Roy Ayers III.
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Roy Ayers Discography

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UAL 3325, UAS 6325 Roy Ayers West Coast Vibes (Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAL 3325, UAS 6325 US 1963 Sell This Version
1406 The Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers The Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers - The Jack Wilson Quartet (Album) Atlantic 1406 US 1963 Sell This Version
SAE-L 603 The Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers The Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers - Ramblin' (Album) Vault, Vault, Vault SAE-L 603 UK 1966 Sell This Version
SD 1488 Roy Ayers Virgo Vibes (Album) Atlantic SD 1488 US 1967 Sell This Version
UPS-26 Barney Kessel, James Hall*, Warren Sharrock*, Roy E. Ayers Jr.*, Earl May, Edward B. Carr* Barney Kessel, James Hall*, Warren Sharrock*, Roy E. Ayers Jr.*, Earl May, Edward B. Carr* - Herbie Mann's Song Book: Complete Bossa Nova(LP) Union Records (3) UPS-26 Japan 1967 Sell This Version
SD 1514 Roy Ayers Stoned Soul Picnic (Album) Atlantic SD 1514 US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 1538 Roy Ayers Daddy Bug (Album) Atlantic SD 1538 US 1969 Sell This Version
2425 047 Roy Ayers Ubiquity (Album) Polydor 2425 047 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
24-4049 Roy Ayers Ubiquity(LP, Promo) Polydor 24-4049 US 1970 Sell This Version
none Roy Ayers Coffy (Album) Polydor, Polydor none US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 1692 Roy Ayers Daddy Bug & Friends (Album) Atlantic SD 1692 US 1976 Sell This Version
PD-1-6159 Roy Ayers You Send Me (Album) Polydor PD-1-6159 US 1978 Sell This Version
P-10484E Roy Ayers Presents Ubiquity (4) Roy Ayers Presents Ubiquity (4) - Starbooty (Album) Elektra P-10484E Japan 1978 Sell This Version
24586 Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson - Step In To Our Life (Album) Polydor 24586 US 1978 Sell This Version
2391 324 Roy Ayers Let's Do It (Album) Polydor 2391 324 Norway 1978 Sell This Version
MPF 1251 Roy Ayers Fever (Album) Polydor, Polydor MPF 1251 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
PD-1-6246 Roy Ayers No Stranger To Love (Album) Polydor PD-1-6246 US 1979 Sell This Version
JD 160 230 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Roy Ayers Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Roy Ayers - Music Of Many Colours (Album) Phonodisk JD 160 230 France 1980 Sell This Version
PD-1-6301 Roy Ayers Love Fantasy (Album) Polydor PD-1-6301 UK 1980 Sell This Version
PD-1-6276 Roy Ayers - Wayne Henderson Roy Ayers - Wayne Henderson - Prime Time Polydor PD-1-6276 US 1980 Sell This Version
2391 517 Roy Ayers Africa, Center Of The World (Album) Polydor 2391 517 UK 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6348 Roy Ayers Feeling Good (Album) Polydor PD-1-6348 US 1982 Sell This Version
UM-8002 Roy Ayers Lots Of Love (Album) Uno Melodic Records UM-8002 US 1983 Sell This Version
UMC 1 Roy Ayers Silver Vibrations (Album) Uno Melodic Records, Uno Melodic Records UMC 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
UM LP2 Roy Ayers Drivin' On Up(LP) Uno Melodic Records UM LP2 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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Amilkar64

Amilkar64

May 7, 2010
Had there not been a Roy Ayers, there would be no club music today...
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

May 11, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
A conceptional artist of the golden times. Roy Ayers has indeed stood the test of time. Evolving within many fields of music, He still keeps an impressive output of music since day one. Highly skilled on the vibes, Roy also has an incredible voice so unique that just has grown better over the years. This man deserves all respect for what he has done. 'Coffey' was outstanding for me. And his collaborations with Masters At Work (Notably 'Sweet Tears') has been memorable moments. But these are just small fragments of excelence done by the man. I still have so much to discover.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

March 8, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
Sometime ago I saw a dazzling text about the relation between the man and the art in general, the process of creation, and the true intentions behind the author's minds. It really made me think about the music, life, the human being, everything.
On that subject, it's easy to realize that Roy Ayers has always been serious about his Music. I just would like to give you my deepest congratulations for the extension of his work. The perfect example of his musicians parents are surely one of the causes of his seminal journey.
Roy Ayers’ music survived the test of time, as well as Roy himself, for he kept the original noble spirit as a composer and player. His tunes are shaped by sophistication and elegance, and his Soul-Jazz & afro-beats influences brought to us the timeless "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Running Away", and even the more recent "Good Vibrations" (in partnership with Kerri Chandler).
In a society dominated by the production chain system, the Industry culture and the mass media, Roy Ayers is certainly an example to be followed.

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