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Rare Roy Ayers Sees Light of Day

A batch of unreleased recordings from the latter years of vibraphonist-composer Roy Ayers’ golden tenure with Polydor is set to hit shelves January 27, 2004, on the London-based Barely Breaking Even label. Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 is the first in what the label hopes to be a series of albums featuring Ayers rarities.

Roy Ayers was given a set of vibe mallets by legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton when he was five years old, and that set him on his life’s path. Ayers later became one of the most recognized jazz vibraphonists of the 1960s before shifting to a decidedly more R&B approach as a bandleader in the 1970s and ’80s.

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