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Vibin’: Roy Ayers in the 1960s

Roy AyersHe’s been called “the godfather of acid jazz” and modern-day hiphoppers refer to him as “The Icon Man,” but before his R & B success in the 1970s vibraphonist Roy Ayers was renowned by his colleagues for his 1960s jazz performances. He played with West Coast stalwarts such as pianist Jack Wilson and saxophonist Curtis Amy and was also a member of Gerald Wilson’s illustrious big band; as a leader he made records with the likes of saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Charles Tolliver. We’ll hear selections from three of Ayers’ leader dates, as well as his sideman work with Amy and Wilson.

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Ricardo's Dilemma
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963)
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Ricardo's Dilemma
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963)

Notes: Roy Ayers composition.

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Reggie of Chester
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963)

Notes: Benny Golson composition.

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Out of Sight
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963)

Notes: Jack Wilson composition.

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For Ayers Only
Curtis Amy — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Originally on Amy's live LP TIPPIN' ON THROUGH.

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C.F.D.
Jack Wilson — Something Personal (Blue Note, 1966)
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Days of Wine & Roses
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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The Ringer
Roy Ayers — Virgo Vibes (Atlantic, 1967)

Notes: Charles Tolliver composition.

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In the Limelight
Roy Ayers — Virgo Vibes (Atlantic, 1967)

Notes: Gerald Wilson composition.

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A Rose for Cindy
Roy Ayers — Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)

Notes: Roy Ayers composition.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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