Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Roy Ayers - West Coast Vibes

While working in Los Angeles in support of pianist Jack Wilson, Roy Ayers befriended the respected jazz critic and producer Leonard Feather, a relationship that ultimately yielded the vibist's first recording contract. Ayers' rare debut session, West Coast Vibes, remains the purest musical expression of his long career, with none of the commercial overtures of his landmark fusion efforts for Polydor. For listeners more familiar with latter-day jazz-funk efforts like He's Coming or Everybody Loves the Sunshine, the warm, contoured tones of Ayers' vibes will come as a revelation. Then as now, his approach to percussion is completely unique, and it's fascinating to hear him operate in such conventional jazz contexts minus the gimmickry of later dates. Most impressive are Ayers' collaborations with saxophonist Curtis Amy, whose soulful, kinetic contributions beautifully complement Ayers' leads.
Jason Ankeny

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/west-coast-vibes-r134809

Roy Ayers
West Coast Vibes


1 Sound and Sense (Ayers)  6:42
2 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer)  3:35
3 Reggie of Chester (Golson)  3:47
4 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:14
5 Donna Lee (Parker)  3:12
6 Ricardo's Dilemma (Ayers)  5:03
7 Romeo (Feather)  3:03
8 Out of Sight (Wilson)  6:26
9 Young and Foolish (Hague, Horwitt)  3:45
10 Well You Needn't (Monk)  3:16


[# 1, 3, 6, 8 & 9]
Roy Ayers - vb
Curtis Amy - ts & ss [except # 9]
Jack Wilson - p
Bill Plummer - b
Tony Bazley - dr
[# 2, 4, 5, 7 & 10]
Roy Ayers - vb
Jack Wilson - p
Vic Gaskin - b
Kenny Dennis - dr

Recorded at Western Recorders Inc. in Hollywood, California ; June 14 & 18, 1963


wouter said...

thank you for roy ayers' first one, mel!

Otis Foster said...

With Curtis Amy, too. Far too little of his work around. Nice to hear Ayers playing it straight - thnx

Orbyt said...

I have this in lossy, and haven't listened to it in eons. Many thanks Mel.

theblueamos said...

thank you very much from jerusalem

swingingduck said...

I always loved this album.
Thank you so much.

roberto t. said...

A great unexpected joy! Infinite thanks!

Jazz Messenger said...

Thanks Mel, great stuff as usual!

Alberto Cos said...

Merci bien!!

corkb said...

Thanks again, Mel. I also want to thank you for trying to contain downloads to single files. I don't have a rapidshare premium account and having to download only one file makes things a lot easier.

duck said...

Hi again Mel, been doing some serious listening, ready for more and you have more good stuff. many thanks

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!

FrankDell said...

Great stuff. Thank you so much.

El Tortuga said...

Thanx soo much you people doin this blog! a wonderful oportunity for me to hear so many things i had never heard about. tank you and keep going. love & happiness!

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Sound Pills Prod. said...

Thank you so much.. had this record once.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

steve said...

Excellent! Thanks for this listen Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Ason Frio said...

wonderful.. thank you

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Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

Porer said...

Thank you very much

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