Roy Ayers Virgo Red
- Released: September 14, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Imports
Record Collector (magazine) - p.854 stars out of 5 -- "Roy Ayers worked in the jazz-funk sphere, but the dreamy, West Coast ambience of his music had a different feel altogether."
- 1.Brother Louie
- 2.Virgo Red
- 3.I Am Your Mind
- 4.The Morning After
- 5.Love From the Sun
- 6.It's So Sweet
- 7.Giving Love
- 8.Des Nude Soul
Personnel: Roy Ayers (vocals, organ, vibraphone, percussion); Chano O'Ferral (vocals, congas, bongos); Denise Bridgewater (vocals); William Hawes (guitar); Jerry Friedman (electric sitar); Garnett Brown (trombone); Harry Whitaker (piano, electric piano, organ); David Johnson (bass instrument); Dennis Davis (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Eddie Kramer.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY (07/1973).
Photographer: Bert Andrews.
Arrangers: Roy Ayers; Bert de Coteaux.
Despite contributions from an abundance of soul-jazz greats including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Owens, and Garnett Brown, VIRGO RED is the most stripped-down and nuanced of Roy Ayers's Ubiquity LPs. Its sinuous funk grooves are first and foremost a showcase for the intuitive interplay of Ayers and electric keyboardist Harry Whitaker, whose Fender Rhodes fill-ins orbit Ayers's vibes solos like a planet circling the sun. The material is a crazy quilt of righteously soulful originals and deeply funky covers spanning Leroy Hutson's soul classic "Giving Love" to Stories' soft-pop smash "Brother Louie" to absolute treacle like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE's "The Morning After"--by all rights it shouldn't work, but as the astrological overtones winding through VIRGO RED attest, sometimes the stars align.
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