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Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers - vibraphone, composer, bandleader, recording artist

Roy Ayers was during the 1960s one of the most prominent and leading jazz vibraphone players in America. During the 1970s and 80s he came to change his focus and became one of the leading figures in R&B and jazz/funk. The 1990s has once again brought him into a new direction and he is now regarded being one of the greatest innovators of the acid jazz movement. His music has often been described as being years ahead of it's time.

Ayers was born on September 10, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. Thanks to the influence of his mother, a piano teacher, and his father, a trombone player, Ayers was a musical child. His introduction to the vibraphone came at the age of six, when his parents took him to a Lionel Hampton concert. After the show, Hampton handed Ayers a pair of mallets, sealing the youngster's musical destiny with that simple gesture. It was not until he was 17 years old that Ayers finally got a chance to play the vibraphone, which he claims had been his favorite instrument all along.

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Fever
Verve Records
2013
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Feeling Good
Verve Records
2013
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Center Of The World
Verve Records
2013
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Love Will Bring Us...
Verve Records
2013
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You Might Be...
Verve Records
2012
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Shoes Of Roy Ayers
Verve Records
2011
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