Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981

Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981

by Roy AyersRoy Ayers


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Given that Roy Ayers really never left the spotlight, it would be inappropriate to call any sort of rediscovery or renaissance of his music a comeback. However, the resurgence of interest in the jazz musician's expansive and innovative catalog has prompted ears both new and old to give Ayers his long overdue credit as a soul-jazz pioneer. This two-disc set features remixes from BBE's excellent Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981, and brings a veritable A-list who's who of soul/electronic/downtempo remixers to the plate. House gurus Kenny Dope and Osunlade offer up heavy sessions of tasteful grooves without overshadowing the genius of the original tracks. King Britt also contributes a strong reinterpretation of "Kwajilori," while DJ Spinna and the Platinum Pied Pipers focus their remixes more toward the downtempo/hip-hop crowd. At two discs in length, normally a project of this size could be trimmed to a single disc for an excellent release. But there's something for everyone here, regardless of your subgenre affiliation. At least it's not remixing the classics in a feeble attempt to update an artist's catalog, and that in itself is a breath of fresh air.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2020
Label: Barely Breaking Even
UPC: 0193483616919
catalogNumber: 535
Rank: 20471

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Ayers   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Lyle   Piano
Edwin Birdsong   Vocals
William Allen   Bass,Horn,Vocals,Guitar (String)
Chuck Anthony   Guitar
Bruce Carter   Drums
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Steve Cobb   Drums
Sylvia Cox   Vocals
Dennis Davis   Drums
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Chano O'Ferral   Conga
Nathaniel Phillips   Bass
Carla Vaughn   Vocals
Harry Whitaker   Piano
Philip Woo   Piano,Keyboards
John Mosley   Trumpet
John Hopkins   Overdubs
Peter Brown   Bass
Bernard Purdie   Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Composer
William Allen   Composer,String Arrangements
Carla Vaughn   Composer
Carl Clay   Composer

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