Playlist – 20 June 2013

This week the show includes music from the new Kairos 4Tet CD Everything We Hold as well as a Take Three feature on Roy Ayers, including two track from his early years a pure jazz vibesman. These days Ayers is synonymous with the laidback jazzfunk vibe of classics like Give Me the Sunshine but in the 1960s he got to play with celebrated Blue Noters like Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Joe Henderson.

roy ayersNeil notes: After being featured prominently on Herbie Mann’s superb Memphis Underground album in 1969, Ayers got his own contract with Atlantic and released three solo albums with the label – Virgo Vibes, Stoned Soul Picnic and Daddy Bug before forming Roy Ayer’s Ubiquity which featured a new generation of jazzers like Sonny Fortune and Alphonse Mouzon. For a really interesting and under-rated slice of Roy Ayers, check out his Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Verve (1972). This album features an intriguing version of Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way as well as a great live take on Daddy Bug.

There was also music from.Italian producer, DJ, and musician Nicola Conte via the latest in his collection of 1960s music from Brazil, Viagem 4. The Viagem series digs deep into the vaults – this time selecting 17 tracks spanning 1962 to 1970 and homing in on bossa nova and samba jazz sounds. This latest collection includes Bossa Jazz 3’s hip, piano-led take on Joao Donato’s Outra Vez and this was paired with Tamba Trio’s Influencia Do Jazz, another slice of Braziliance. Look out for Viagem 5, due out in the UK next week.

  1. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man from Headhunters
  2. Gary Bartz – Music Is My Sanctuary from Music is My Sanctuary
  3. Roy Ayers – A Rose For Cindy from Stoned Soul Picnic
  4. Roy Ayers – Daddy Bug from Daddy Bug
  5. Roy Ayers – Love Will Bring Us Back Together from The Original JazzFunk Selection
  6. Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle from The Original JazzFunk Selection
  7. Lonnie Liston Smith – Footprints from the Flying Dutchman Anthology
  8. Kairos 4Tet – J-Ho from the Block from Everything We Hold
  9. Go Go Penguin – Fanfares from Fanfares
  10. Reverie – In Every Way from Kev Beadle presents Private Collection
  11. Bossa Jazz 3 – Outra Vez from Viagem 4
  12. Tamba Trio – Influencia Do Jazz
  13. Build An Ark – How Do We End All This Madness/Play The Music from Build An Ark Love Part 1
  14. McCoy Tyner – Cubana from Sama Layuca

Video this week is another extended treat for our jazzfunkers – over an hour of Roy Ayers from 1992. It’s a slick cool groove to celebrate the late arrival of what may be a brief UK summer… Check out the late Zachary Breaux’s guitar solo on the opener Mystic Voyage. Breaux died tragically trying to save a drowning swimmer while on holiday at Miami Beach.


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