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In February 2018, Roy Ayers performed four sold out shows in Los Angeles
as part of the Jazz Is Dead Black History Month series. It wasn’t
until 2020 that fans of Ayers discovered that in addition to those
shows, the legendary vibraphone player had also recorded an entire album
of material with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The resulting
album sounds both like an unearthed masterpiece from Ayers’ classic
period in the Polydor ‘70s. Learn more about that here.
Over the course of its eight original compositions, written
collaboratively by Younge, Shaheed Muhammad & Ayers and recorded at
Younge’s Linear Labs in Los Angeles, the resulting album sounds both
like an unearthed an unreleased album from Ayers’ classic period in the
1970s (which produced the oft-sampled “Red, Black & Green,” “We Live
In Brooklyn, Baby,” “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” and “Running Away),
as well as something startling, new and unexpected.
Joining Ayers, Younge & Shaheed Muhammad on this musical journey are
drummer Greg Paul, vocalists Loren Oden, Joy Gilliam, Saudia Yasmein,
Elgin Clark & Anitra Castleberry, as well as Phil
Ranelin & Wendell Harrison of the legendary Spiritual Jazz
label Tribe Records.
The 8 tracks on this album testify to the love not only of a legendary
musician’s legacy, but to the vitality & necessity of this music and
these sounds in the present era, a thread that will likely run
throughout all of the upcoming releases from Jazz Is Dead Records.
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