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."
Personnel: Roy Ayers (vocals, organ, vibraphone, percussion); Chano O'Ferral (vocals, congas, bongos); Harry Whitaker (piano, electric piano, organ); David Johnson (bass instrument); Dennis Davis (drums, percussion).
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.