“A band is only as good as the Bass. The Bass is the foundation.” Those were powerful words told by bassist John B. Williams during our recent interview with him. Here we highlight Jazz bassist Leroy Vinnegar, who recorded as a leader and a sideman, and was also the master of the ‘Walking Bass’. This album, entitled “Leroy Walks Again!”, (a sequel, if you will to “Leroy Walks”), is especially relevant to the Roy Ayers Project because the Leroy Vinnegar Quartet features none other than Roy Ayers on the Vibraphone. This album was recorded in 1963, which makes it one of Roy Ayers much earlier recordings. He was only about 23 when he played on this particular album. Born in 1928, Vinnegar was around 35, which means that the veteran Vinnegar must have had a fondness to the young Roy Ayers. Vinnegar has Los Angeles roots, so it can only be assumed that Roy and Leroy met on the LA Jazz circuit. However, Roy Ayers was not the only Vibraphonists on this album. His duty was shared with Victor Feldman. Roy Ayers plays on “Down Under”, “For Carl”, and “Wheelin’ and Dealin'”.

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