Magazine article IAJRC Journal

West Coast Vibes

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

West Coast Vibes

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West Coast Vibes

Roy Ayers

Mighty Quinn NQP 1107

Roy Ayers (vibes) Curtis Amy (ts,ss) Jack Wilson (pno) Bill Plumber (bs) Tony Bazley (dms) Tracks 1-3-6-8-9 Recorded June 14, 1963 - Los Angeles, CA

Same personnel except omit Amy, Track 9 - same recording date and location

Ayers (vibes) Wilson (pno) Victor Gaskin (bs) Kenny Dennis (dms) Tracks 2-4-5-7-10 - Recorded June 18, 1963, also at Los Angeles

Vic Redd (as, vcl) Ayers (vibes) Carmel Jones (tpt) Russ Freeman (pno) Leroy Vinnegar (bs) Richie Goldberg (dms) Tracks 11-12 - Recorded May 21, 1962, Los Angeles, CA

Sound And Sense/Days Of Wine And Roses/Reggie Of Chester/It Could Happen To You/Donna Lee/Ricardo's Dilemma/Romeo/Out Of Sight/Young And Foolish/Well You Needn't/Now's The Time/Perhaps (into) Cool Blues TT: 50:59

Roy Ayers, I must admit, is someone that despite listening to this music for many years (more than I want to admit to) is a person I know little about musically as well as biographically. Therefore, this disc's arrival is a pleasant surprise. Ayers is a native of the City of Angels. He worked with and recorded with various West Coast musicians in the 50's and 60's but in the 1970's began to branch out into music other than jazz. His work here is fine mainstream jazz much in the vein of Milt Jackson but maybe not as bluesy.

Ayers plays and leads with authority and has excellent West Coast musicians on this recording, albeit some are transplants. He went on to a rather lengthy recording career for Atlantic Records but must confess I cannot comment on these. …

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