Jazz musician Roy Ayers 1940 - 2018

SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,183 Posts


Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Ayers was known for his brilliant vibraphone work, and soulful ballads. His music sampled by artists such as Pharrell WIlliams, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Q-tip, Pete Rock, Madlib, and Kanye West. 

He is most notably known for his iconic composition "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" and his 1977 group RAMP (Roy Ayers Music Project). His session work has led him to collaborate with other icons such as Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Herbie Mann, Erykah Badu and The Roots. 

While watching the film Jackie Brown he was surprised to find out they used his music he said, “Oh my god, if they hadn’t done the right thing, I’d sue them!” Quentin Tarantino's company properly licensed the track. An obvious homage to his soundtrack to the blaxploitation classic "Coffy" also starring Pam Grier. 

In a music industry filled with such a high turn over rate for pop artists his career stands as a true testament to a humble musician with longevity creating great works of art. Roy Ayers discography includes over 91 albums. 

Legendary 77 year old Jazz musician Roy Ayers is still dope and still very much alive. 


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  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,763 Posts
    The title had me gulping and saying NOOooooo!

    Watching the Tiny Desk now. Last time I saw him live was 10 years ago. One of my all time favs!

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,266 Posts
    Yeah, title is super misleading!  

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,266 Posts
    He's playing later this month with giorgio moroder: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1654285

    That NPR thing is 

  • billbradleybillbradley You want BBQ sauce? Get the fuck out of my house. 2,473 Posts
    DOR said:
    The title had me gulping and saying NOOooooo!

    Watching the Tiny Desk now. Last time I saw him live was 10 years ago. One of my all time favs!

    Yes, my heart dropped for a minute. Thanks for sharing the Tiny Desk video though @SPlDEY 


  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,183 Posts
    ketan said:
    Yeah, title is super misleading!  

    It was April Fools day man... 

    -spidey

    billbradley

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,266 Posts
    Oh, right.  Totally oblivious to it this year...

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,183 Posts
    DOR said:
    The title had me gulping and saying NOOooooo!

    Watching the Tiny Desk now. Last time I saw him live was 10 years ago. One of my all time favs!

    Yes, my heart dropped for a minute. Thanks for sharing the Tiny Desk video though @SPlDEY 

    First time I've ever seen that MIDI percussion vibes - malletKAT. I guess the unspoken truth is that even when Musicians fall out of the spotlight they never really go away. Might as well appreciate him while we still got him. 

    - spidey


  • billbradleybillbradley You want BBQ sauce? Get the fuck out of my house. 2,473 Posts
    SPlDEY said:
    DOR said:
    The title had me gulping and saying NOOooooo!

    Watching the Tiny Desk now. Last time I saw him live was 10 years ago. One of my all time favs!

    Yes, my heart dropped for a minute. Thanks for sharing the Tiny Desk video though @SPlDEY 

    First time I've ever seen that MIDI percussion vibes - malletKAT. I guess the unspoken truth is that even when Musicians fall out of the spotlight they never really go away. Might as well appreciate him while we still got him. 

    - spidey

    I had to look up those MIDI vibes also. So cool. 


  • Otis_FunkmeyerOtis_Funkmeyer 1,304 Posts


    My son channeling Roy
    billbradleySPlDEY

  • YemskyYemsky 519 Posts
    SPlDEY said:
    DOR said:
    The title had me gulping and saying NOOooooo!

    Watching the Tiny Desk now. Last time I saw him live was 10 years ago. One of my all time favs!

    Yes, my heart dropped for a minute. Thanks for sharing the Tiny Desk video though @SPlDEY 

    First time I've ever seen that MIDI percussion vibes - malletKAT. I guess the unspoken truth is that even when Musicians fall out of the spotlight they never really go away. Might as well appreciate him while we still got him. 

    - spidey

    I had to look up those MIDI vibes also. So cool. 


    I have no idea how long midi-vibes have been around, but I remember seeing Roy in what I believe was 1992 in my hometown of Hannover, Germany. He either had an electronic vibraphone or some effects panel to channel the sound through. Either the thing was defective or he had never used it before: There was lots of knob turning and button pressing with nothing that sounded like a desired effect but lots of malfunctioning. It really ruined the gig but he already had such a Mr. Nice Guy reputation that he got away with it even though the crowd was edgy. I remember seeing Ronny Jordan at the same venue promoting his Antitude album a few weeks later; hence my believe that it must have been 1992. He played pretty much exactly the album as recorded in the studio and was done in under 50 minutes. The problem was that the crowd like what they had heard and wanted more. It was an old cinema venue and the stage manager pulled the curtain to confirm that there would be no encore: That curtain got drenched in beer and other drinks that flew towards the stage... ;-)




  • JimsterJimster Unshazamable saudade chord vehicle 6,157 Posts
    I've seen him playing the KAT back in the early 90s and there are a couple of CDs recorded live at Ronnie Scott's where he plays it exclusively, including where he channels Miles' trumpet sound on ".. Sunshine".

    I guess it's easier to lug around than his old Deagan Commander 11594, has a butt-load of tricks and last but not least sounds a bit like real vibes. On these gigs there were no technical issues and a good band, the late Zachary Breaux on guitar is superb.

    Roy is such a great showman that it sometimes masks how good he is on the vibes.  As the jacket notes say on one of his 80s sets (In The Dark?) "Clown, saint, witch-doctor, historian" - all these things are in his repertoire.

    Holler your ultimate Roy Tunes - Sunshine offa RAMP a given, :hard:  but who got lovv for "Third Eye' and "Golden Rod" to name but two off the top?

  • billbradleybillbradley You want BBQ sauce? Get the fuck out of my house. 2,473 Posts
    Running Away is another top favorite of mine 

  • YemskyYemsky 519 Posts
    Jimster said:
    Holler your ultimate Roy Tunes - Sunshine offa RAMP a given, :hard:  but who got lovv for "Third Eye' and "Golden Rod" to name but two off the top?


    Fire Weaver


  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,183 Posts
    When I think of Roy Ayers. The first song that jumps in my mind is "We live in Brooklyn Baby."



  • LoopDreamsLoopDreams 1,193 Posts
    Jesus xrist Spidey April fools or not............

    Just found a minty copy of A Tear to a Smile for 10$ in Detroit that I'm gonna give to my bro for his Bday.   Sooo killer.  The man is the man is the man.

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,266 Posts
    And Don't You Say No
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