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My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years
     

My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years

by Roy Ayers
 
Formed in 1980 by Roy Ayers as a vehicle for acts including Sylvia Striplin and the Eighties Ladies, the Uno Melodic label also issued the vibist's underrated 1983 date Lots of Love. My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years reissues that LP along with eight unreleased cuts Ayers recorded in 1999, filling in some vital

Overview

Formed in 1980 by Roy Ayers as a vehicle for acts including Sylvia Striplin and the Eighties Ladies, the Uno Melodic label also issued the vibist's underrated 1983 date Lots of Love. My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years reissues that LP along with eight unreleased cuts Ayers recorded in 1999, filling in some vital gaps in the acid-jazz icon's legacy. Released between major-label tenures with Polydor and Columbia, Lots of Love capitalizes on Ayers' independence by further investigating the Afro-beat rhythms and textures he first explored in his collaboration with Fela Kuti while simultaneously moving into post-disco dance music. While some of its production flourishes seem brittle and dated, this is nevertheless the most engaging and energizing material Ayers created during the early '80s -- from the darkly sinister groove of "Chicago" to the Kuti-inspired epic "Black Family," to the warm, shimmering title cut, Lots of Love recalls the diversity and invention of his classic Ubiquity dates, complete with nuanced performances that reiterate Ayers' absolute mastery of the vibes. The 1999 material similarly draws on contemporary R&B sounds, embracing slick arrangements and electronic percussion -- it's bottom-rung Ayers at best, but not entirely without merit.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Snapper Uk
UPC:
0803415125722
catalogNumber:
257

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Performance Credits

Roy Ayers   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes,Musician
Jorge Dalto   Musician
Omar Hakim   Musician
Danny Madden   Musician
Terri Wells   Musician
Bill Saxton   Saxophone
Peter Brown   Musician
Lesette Wilson   Musician
William Allen   Musician
Chuck Anthony   Musician
Steve Cobb   Musician
Dennis Davis   Drums
Quintin Denard   Musician
Donald Nicks   Bass
Carla Vaughn   Musician
Kerry Turman   Musician
Mark Adams   Keyboards
Richard Shade   Background Vocals
Travis Milner   Musician

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Dave Whitman   Engineer
Carla Bandini   Engineer
Bill McAllister   Liner Notes
John Henry Hopkins   Engineer

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