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Egor Fedoseev
Egor Fedoseev

Roy Ayers Everybody Loves The Sunshine Zip

In 1969 Roy Ayers found himself in London working with English musicians of various nationalities. He was asked by the BBC for a segment, titled "A London Session", as well as a live album to go with it. The live album was released on the Quay label and served to showcase the talents of contemporary London musicians. It was during this time that Roy met Nesuhi Ertegun, the music impresario of Atlantic Records and future father to Ari. In 1969 he recorded "Distant Joy" produced by Quincy Jones and arranged by Irv Azoff for Gilt Records and re-issued it to Atlantic in 1971 for the companys upcoming jazz catalog. Herbie Mann released the albums Love For Sale (1969), The Second Coming (1970), and Homecoming (1970).

Roy Ayers Everybody Loves The Sunshine Zip


In 1971 he met Miles Davis in Boston. Miles was a fan of his music, and asked Roy Ayers to play as an accompanying act for his new band. Roy Ayers went on to tour with the group for two years and then Miles decided to call on Roy to lead the band, which he did for the next three years. The musicians in the band changed from time to time, but most of the musicians stayed until 1972, when Miles Davis himself decided to call on Roy Ayers for his band. Miles went on to play with Roy Ayers for the next ten years.

During this time Ayers recorded a duo album with pianist Billy Preston titled, Get On Board, which was released in 1972. He was a champion of the album, which featured songs by Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Al Green and Funkadelic. The album also contained an uncredited vocal by his wife and muse, Denise. Roy Ayers appeared on a number of compilations during the 1970s, including a session for the Omega label Verve Records, The Big Fun Show Vol. II (1976) and Groovin (1976), both produced by Bob Belden. In 1972 he released another duo album with Billy Preston, titled, Yellow (1972). In 1974 he released the Ayers/Nelson album (1974), with producer Louis Nelson. This album featured compositions by Walter Bishop, Bob Mintzer, Duke Pearson, Bernard Purdie, and Earl Klugh.


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