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Everybody (7")
Cat: EX 7039. Rel: 24 Mar 20
Funk
  1. Everybody (4:01)
  2. And Then We Were One (4:47)
Review: Expansion's latest must-check seven-inch mines Roy Ayers' 1983 album "Lots Of Love", a sparkling post-disco set that combined the vibraphonist's usual jazz-funk flavours with colourful synthesizers and genuine boogie flavours. "Everybody" on the A-side is particularly potent; a lolloping synth-boogie head-nodder rich in life-affirming synthesizer squelches, rubbery jazz-funk bass, fluid Ayers vibraphone solos and background vocals that sneakily reference "Everybody Loves The Sunshine". Flipside "And Then We Were One" is if anything even more summery in feel, with mazy synth and vibraphone motifs dancing atop a killer jazz-funk groove. It's a little more up-tempo than the A-side, but arguably a little less addictive.
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BBE
Cat: BB 535ACD. Rel: 29 Jan 20
Funk
  1. Boogie Down
  2. What's The T?
  3. I Really Love You
  4. Oh What A Lonely Feeling
  5. Sugar
  6. Mystery Of Love
  7. Green & Gold
  8. Brand New Feeling
  9. I Did It In Seattle
  10. Mystic Voyage (version)
  11. I Just Wanna Give It Up
  12. Together Forever
  13. I Am Your Mind
Review: Second time around for "Virgin Ubiquity", a killer collection of previously unreleased Roy Ayers recordings that first appeared in stores way back in 2003. Focusing on the period between 1976 and '81, much of the material joins the dots between jazz-funk, soul, disco and boogie. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the weighty, horn-heavy release of the Merry Clayton voiced "What's The T" and heady "Oh What A Lonely Feeling", to the languid vibraphone solos of mellow groover "Green and Gold", jazzy bliss of "Mystic Voyage (Version)" and the stomping, disco era street funk of "I Am Your Mind". In a word: essential.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 537ACD. Rel: 29 Jan 20
Funk
  1. Holiday
  2. I Am Your Mind (part 2)
  3. Funk In The Hole
  4. Liquid Love
  5. Third Time
  6. Tarzan
  7. I Like The Way You Do It To Me
  8. Come To Me
  9. Kwajilori
  10. Release Yourself
  11. Touch Of Class
  12. Wide Open
  13. Sunshine (demo)
Review: This is the second part of Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 and is again packed with tracks that are far more than unreleased findings from the cutting room floor. Each one serves as another feather in the bow of the virtuoso Ayers, who combined jazz, funk, soul and disco in magical and unique ways throughout his career. In doing so he laid down a precursor to acid jazz and hip hop. These are tracks that show off his dynamic, liquid rhythm sections and mellifluous keys, as well as the vocal talents of a range of collaborators who touch on soaring and sensuous highs as well as more gravel and earthy lows. Essential.
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Step In To Our Life (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7062. Rel: 24 Jan 20
Funk
  1. Step In To Our Life (5:29)
  2. For Real (3:50)
Review: When it comes to offering up seven-inch singles of tracks taken from classic or sought-after albums, Dynamite Cuts has an impressive track record. They're at it again here, this time mining Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson's 1978 jazz-funk/disco fusion masterpiece "Step Into Our Life". On the A-side you'll find the languid, loose and groovy title track, a memorable affair in which dueling vibraphone and trumpet solos make merry atop a head-nodding, toe-tapping jazz-funk groove. Flipside "For Real" is a little more energetic and loved-up, with touchy-feely vocals, husling slap-bass and sci-fi synths to the fore.
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Call Me: Jazz From The Penthouse (limited gatefold blue vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: C67 003LPRSD. Rel: 02 Jun 20
Jazz
  1. Call Me (9:16)
  2. Serenata (10:08)
  3. Harbor Freeway 5 PM (7:49)
  4. Here's That Rainy Day (6:41)
  5. CFD (5:06)
  6. The Shadow Of Your Smile (9:00)
  7. Nirvanna (6:15)
  8. Pensativa (8:50)
  9. Stolen Moments (2:50)
Review: Call Me: Jazz from the Penthouse presents previously unreleased live recordings from jazz pianist Jack Wilson and his quartet. Wilson is best known for working with majors lie kAtlantic and Blue Note and here worked with a then-young Roy Ayers in Seattle in the hot summer months of 1966. The tracks take in some classic standards as well as some of the days pop hits. The grooves flow freely, the vibes are perfect accompaniment for dinner time listening sessions and the group features Von Barlow on drums and Buddy Woodson on bass. A fascinating 24 page booklet is also included for extra context.
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