Change Up the Groove

Change Up the Groove

by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
     
 
Its misleading title notwithstanding, Change Up the Groove does little to alter the inimitable jazz-funk aesthetic Roy Ayers perfected on earlier LPs like He's Coming and Virgo Red. The record simply offers more of a very, very good thing, as a result remaining somewhat overlooked in the vibraphonist's large catalog. What's impressive about

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Its misleading title notwithstanding, Change Up the Groove does little to alter the inimitable jazz-funk aesthetic Roy Ayers perfected on earlier LPs like He's Coming and Virgo Red. The record simply offers more of a very, very good thing, as a result remaining somewhat overlooked in the vibraphonist's large catalog. What's impressive about Change Up the Groove is the seeming effortlessness of it all. Ayers' command of the almighty groove is absolute, and he divines the funk even in left-field material like the theme from the television hit M.A.S.H. More traditional fare like the scorching "Fikisha (To Help Someone to Arrive)," the measured "When Is Real, Real?," and a shimmering cover of Stevie Wonder's rapturous "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" proves no less impressive, and even if there's no obvious standout, Ayers makes no missteps, either -- tremendous stuff from top to bottom.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602517868489
catalogNumber:
5003282

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Performance Credits

Roy Ayers Ubiquity   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Ayers   Conductor,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
George Braith   Soprano Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
William Allen   Vocals
Calvin Brown   Guitar,Soloist
Monica Burruss   Background Vocals
Wilby Fletcher   Drums
Jerry Friedman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Wayne Garfield   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Chano O'Ferral   Percussion,Conga
Leon Pendarvis   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Pat Rebillot   Synthesizer,Track Performer,ARP
Harry Whitaker   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Ronald Albert Johnson   Recorder
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Terry Burrell   Background Vocals
Gil Silva   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Calvin Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Arranger,Composer
Wayne Garfield   Arranger,Composer
Pat Rebillot   Arranger,Synthesizer Arrangements
Jerry Schoenbaum   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Whitaker   Arranger,Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Ronald Albert Johnson   Engineer
Roy Ayers Ubiquity   Arranger
Hollis King   Art Direction
Carl Clay   Composer
Maureen Kinnard   Composer

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