As we all know, Roy Ayers has gone through many phases in his acclaimed musical lifespan. In this post, we shine some light on his earlier playing days. This was the brief period of Roy Ayers’ career that predates Ubiquity, but was performing as a front man. This particular album is of Roy Ayers’ earliest album as a front man entitled All Blues, which was produced and presented by Herbie Mann.
Although this can be considered an unconventional Roy Ayers sound, to call it blues is a stretch, to say the least. When hearing this album, you can hear Roy channeling one of his biggest influences and personal idols. The abstractness, the flexibility of the instrumentation, the complexity of the rhythms…these kinds of sounds scream one name in particular, and that name is Miles Davis. When hearing Roy Ayers vintage 70’s funky grooves, laced with 4/4 tempos and vocal hooks, you would think that this style of unconventional abstract jazz is not in his repertoire, but Roy Ayers never ceases to amaze even his most faithful fans.
Regardless of you’re personal preference of jazz styles, this form of Roy is to be appreciated by all jazz fans. Regardless of how far into disco, and into funk, and even in to more contemporary forms of music, Roy Ayers can also be known as one who represented the abstract jazz sound thorough his music. When pointing out this great recording, we cannot fail to mention the warm, acoustic sound of Sony Sharrock on guitar, Miroslav Vitos on bass, and Bruno Carr on drums. Listen below, and enjoy the sounds of abstract Roy.