There are no doubt many ultrahip, Roy Ayers-lovin’ producers/mixers these days blissfully unaware that Ayers’ vibraphone was first spotlighted in the early 1960s thanks to Leonard Feather, the late producer, author and jazz icon. But it wasn’t long before Ayers changed teams and drifted over to funk, disco, R&B and quiet storm, most notably with his Ubiquity group. Many have never forgiven him for selling out to commercialism-as if musicians aren’t supposed to make money. Hint to that crowd: Stay far, far away from Ayers’s new project, which repurposes his tunes with the help of producers with names like Kenny Dope, Joey Negro and Aloe Blacc.
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