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Whenever someone makes the transition from jazz instrumentalist to R&B singer, he/she is bound to be lambasted by jazz purists and denounced as a sellout. Roy Ayers was no exception -- like George Benson, George Duke, and Patrice Rushen, Ayers was frequently attacked by jazz's hardcore in the late '70s for turning away from instrumental jazz and making vocal-oriented soul and funk his main focus. But what didn't interest jazz snobs excited R&B lovers, who found a lot to admire about Vibrations and other Ayers albums from that period. This 1976 LP boasted the moody hit "Searching," which has jazz overtones but is essentially an R&B song, and the title track which has become nothing less less than a funky soul classic. Ayers and his band Ubiquity are also quite appealing on gems that range from the sweaty, driving funk of "One Sweet Love to Remember," "Moving Grooving," "Higher," and "Domelo (Give It to Me)," to mellow quiet storm numbers like "Baby, You Give Me a Feeling" and "Baby, I Need Your Love." With Vibrations, Ayers reminded us that jazz's loss was certainly soul/funk's gain.
Performance CreditsRoy Ayers Ubiquity Primary Artist
Roy Ayers Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,ARP,Mini Moog
Justo Almario Tenor Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Edwin Birdsong Vocals,Background Vocals
William Allen Bass
Chuck Anthony Guitar
Steve Cobb Drums
Dennis Davis Drums
Ronald Drayton Guitar
Ricky Lawson Drums
Byron Miller Bass
Chano O'Ferral Percussion,Conga
Greg Phillinganes Electric Piano
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Marvin Sparks Drums
Philip Woo Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,ARP,Mini Moog
Calvin Banks Guitar
Janice Fletcher Background Vocals
John Mosley Trumpet
Technical CreditsRoy Ayers Arranger,Composer,Producer
Edwin Birdsong Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Ensemble
William Allen Arranger,Composer,Producer
Greg Phillinganes String Ensemble
Hollis King Art Direction
James Patrick Green Producer,Engineer