Roy Ayers teams w/ Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad for first LP in 9 years
Vibraphonist and jazz/neo-soul great Roy Ayers will release Roy Ayers JID 002, his first album in nine years, this Friday, June 19. He made the record with psychedelic soul producer Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (who record together as The Midnight Hour) for their new label, Jazz is Dead and the album also features drummer Greg Paul, vocalists Loren Oden, Joy Gilliam, Saudia Yasmein, Elgin Clark & Anitra Castleberry, plus Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison of Tribe Records.
If you're a fan of Ayers' groovy mid-'70s albums like He's Coming and Everybody Loves the Sunshine, this album is very much in that mold and you can stream a few songs from the album below.
As to the Jazz is Dead label, Muhammad says, “What is Jazz in 2020? I can answer that this way: jazz artists have not only been an inspiration that has shaped my development as a musician, but their music is deeply rooted into the foundation of the Hip-Hop culture. We have risen because their head nodding beats, lush chord progressions, soul ripping melodies and bellowing basslines have given us a musical back beat to poetically flow on until the break of dawn. To me, it’s all freedom music and Jazz Is Dead is motivating a movement.”
Check out photos from Roy's 2017 show at BRIC House: