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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,"...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/1995
  • Label: Fontana Polydor
  • UPC: 731452705426
  • Catalog Number: 527054

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Ayers Primary Artist, 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
Las 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 Jr. 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
Pee Wee Maddux Composer
Gary N. Mayo Remixing, Remastering
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Richard Bauer Director
Myrnaleah Williams Producer
Carl Clay Arranger
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  • Anonymous

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    Secret Shining Star

    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!

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