Evolution: The Polydor Anthology

Evolution: The Polydor Anthology

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by Roy Ayers

Evolution: The Polydor Anthology charts Roy Ayers' 12 years and 20 LPs with Polydor, a rich time where his gliding, loose-groove jazz-funk gained many fans -- though perhaps fewer than it did 20 years later in the midst of the rare groove/acid jazz revival. During the 1970s, Ayers and his band, Ubiquity,…  See more details below


Evolution: The Polydor Anthology charts Roy Ayers' 12 years and 20 LPs with Polydor, a rich time where his gliding, loose-groove jazz-funk gained many fans -- though perhaps fewer than it did 20 years later in the midst of the rare groove/acid jazz revival. During the 1970s, Ayers and his band, Ubiquity, progressed from political- and social-commentary funk to blaxploitation to disco to some surprisingly touching R&B ballads, and this two-disc set covers it all with grace and a smooth flow. Fans of hip-hop, groove music, funk, and jazz will all be able to find something to enjoy on the collection. Highlights include "We Live in Brooklyn Baby," "Evolution," "Running Away," and "Get on up, Get on Down," among others.

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Release Date:
Fontana Polydor

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Disc 1

  1. Pretty Brown Skin
  2. We Live in Brooklyn, Baby
  3. He's a Superstar
  4. Red, Black and Green
  5. Coffy Is the Color
  6. Shining Symbol
  7. Des Nude Soul
  8. Fikisha
  9. Change up the Groove
  10. 2000 Black
  11. A Tear to a Smile
  12. Evolution
  13. Spirit of Doo Do
  14. Life Is Just a Moment, Pt. 1
  15. The Golden Rod
  16. The Third Eye
  17. Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Disc 2

  1. Searchin'
  2. Vibrations
  3. Running Away
  4. Gotta Find a Lover
  5. Freaky Deaky
  6. Get on up, Get on Down
  7. Can't You See Me
  8. You Send Me
  9. Heat of the Beat
  10. For Real
  11. Love Will Bring Us Back Together
  12. Turn Me Loose
  13. Africa, Center of the World
  14. Destination Motherland

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Ayers   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Conductor,Conga,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Bass Marimba,Quadra
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
George Braith   Soprano Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sonny Fortune   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Omar Hakim   Drums
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Cecil Bridgewater   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Onaje Allan Gumbs   Electric Piano
Clint Houston   Bass
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Edwin Birdsong   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marva Hicks   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gloria Jones   Background Vocals
Terri Wells   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lesette Wilson   Electric Piano
William Allen   Synthesizer,Bass,Marimbas,Bells,Hand Clapping,ARP,Shekere
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Chuck Anthony   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
David Barron   Guitar
Ethel Beatty   Vocals,Background Vocals
Daniel Ben Zebulon   Percussion,Conga
Joe Brazil   Soprano Saxophone
Alfred Brown   Strings
Calvin Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Debbie Burrell   Background Vocals
Chicas   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Babe Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Selwart Clarke   Strings
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Steve Cobb   Drums
Billy Cobham   Drums,Vocals
Debbie Cole   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sylvia Cox   Bass,Vocals
Dennis Davis   Drums,Vocals
Quintin Denard   Drums
Peter Dimitriades   Strings
Gordon Edwards   Bass
William S. Fischer   Conductor
Bruce Fisher   Vocals
Wilby Fletcher   Drums
Jerry Friedman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Sitar
James Gadson   Drums
Wayne Garfield   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky   Strings
Johnny King   Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums,Background Vocals
J.T. Lewis   Drums
Gregory Matta   Background Vocals
Charles McCracken   Strings
Willie Michael   Percussion
Byron Miller   Bass,Background Vocals
Greg Moore   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kermit Moore   Strings
Billy Nichols   Guitar
Chano O'Ferral   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Gene Orloff   Leader
Leon Pendarvis   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Greg Phillinganes   Strings,Electric Piano
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Dom Um Romão   Percussion
Pat Rebillot   Synthesizer,ARP
Ed Reddick   Bass
Richie Resnicoff   Guitar
Doug Rhodes   Drums
Bob Rose   Guitar
Jumma Santos   Conga
Irving Spice   Strings
Vance "Mad Dog" Tenort   Percussion
Charles Tolliver   Trumpet
Carla Vaughn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harry Whitaker   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet
John Williams [double bass]   Bass,Electric Bass
John Williams   Bass,Electric Bass
Philip Woo   Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Strings,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Mini Moog
Michael Young   Background Vocals
David Johnson   Bass
Emanuel Vardi   Strings
William King   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Calvin Banks   Guitar
Richard Clay   Soprano Saxophone
John Mosley   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Sylvia Striplin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kerry Turman   Bass,Background Vocals
Claudia Moore   Background Vocals
Richard Bass   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jaymz Bedord   Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,cowbell
Marguerite Arthurton   Vocals
Bob Fusco   Guitar
Glen Jeffery   Guitar
Laverne Seabrook   Background Vocals
Stan Richardson   Vocals
Carl Clay   Background Vocals
Billy King   Percussion,Conga
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Samuel "Little Sonny" Brown   Guitar
Emanuel Brown   Strings
Terry Burrell   Background Vocals
James Mason   Guitar
James King   Background Vocals
Peter Brown   Bass
Bob Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Debbie Darby   Background Vocals
Alexander Foster   Soprano Saxophone
Tamara Richardson   Background Vocals
Carol Smiley   Background Vocals
Gil Silva   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Producer
Roy Ayers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Edwin Birdsong   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Michael Levy   Executive Producer
Onzy Matthews   String Arrangements
William Allen   Arranger,Producer
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Wayne Garfield   Arranger
James Green   Producer
Maurice Green   Producer
McKinley Jackson   String Arrangements
Ricky Lawson   Executive Producer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Kermit Moore   String Contractor
Clarence Paul   Composer
Greg Phillinganes   String Ensemble
Jerry Schoenbaum   Producer
Ed Townsend   Composer
P. Craig Turner   Art Direction
Carla Vaughn   Producer
Harry Whitaker   Arranger
Philip Woo   Art Direction
Gary N. Mayo   Remixing
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Richard Bauer   Director
Myrnaleah Williams   Producer
Carl Clay   Arranger

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Evolution: The Polydor Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roy Ayers with Polydor was really the bomb during the early to late 70s. Roy Ayers blended jazz with funk and soul; and his sub-group, UBIQUITY were so cool; led by drummer Ricky Lawson (now of Michael Jackson fame); and my homeboy on the long trumpet ... John ''Squirrel'' Mosely from Homewood (Pgh) Pa. Roy was the essence of vibraphone and was a badd catt during the smooth, mellow days of funky/jazzy fun ... backintheday!