Personnel: Roy Ayers Ubiquity (vocals, background vocals); Gil Silva, Jerry Friedman, Calvin Brown (guitar); Ronald Albert Johnson (recorder); George Braith (sopranino saxophone); Harry Whitaker (piano, electric piano, Clavinet); Wilbur Bascomb, Jr. (bass instrument); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wilby Fletcher (drum); Chano O'Ferral (congas, percussion).
Arranger: Roy Ayers Ubiquity.
In the 1960's, Ayers learned firsthand about jazz fusion from playing with flutist Herbie Mann, whose assorted bands and albums mixed jazz with funk, pop, Latin, and rock long before it became trendy. In 1974--the year CHANGE UP was released--Ayers's own fusion of jazz with R&B, funk, and pop was in full flower. Less of a straight-up jazz set than a slick yet spirited, stone-groove session (with soulful vocals), CHANGE will thrill those sold on the funky side of '70s jazz.