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Entries in Roy Ayers (2)


New Digs | Early October

Despite my focus on 7-inch singles as of late, I've still managed to dig up a few choice Lp's to round out my more recent hauls. Some long time wants and a couple unexpected treasures make for some pretty interesting acquisitions. Here's what's kept my new arrivals been interesting as of late. Dig it!


James Brown - Sho Is Funky Down Here (King, 1971)

Sly And The Family Stone - Life (Epic, 1968)

Funk Inc. - Chicken Lickin' (Prestige, 1972)

Curtis Mayfield - Curtis In Chicago (Curtom, 1973)

Pretty Purdie - Soul Drums (Date, 1968)

Buster Williams - Pinnacle (Muse, 1975)

Roy Ayers - Coffy (Polydor, 1973)

Chicago Gangsters - Gangster Love (Gold Plate, 1976)

Marvin Gaye - That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (Tamla, 1962)


New Digs | Late June 2015

I splurged mega large over the last couple weeks! I really couldn't help it... I was in Ireland for two weeks prior, and while there didn't buy any records. Plus, I had been avoiding record stores in preparation for the trip, and by the time I got home, I was HUNGRY! The local spots continue to stock the goods! Peep the haul below.

Jolliver Arkansaw - Home (Bell, 1969)

Here’s another quizzical rock record to pique my interest in the shop. After getting the record home, I learned that this is the same group that performed as Bo Grumpus and released Before The War. As a fan of Bo Grumpus' lone Vietnam inspired long player, I can hear the sonic connection. Not quite as fuzzed out, trippy, or preachy Home still stands strong on its own though. 


Southside Movement - Moving South (20th Century, 1975)

I always dug Southside Movement's first lp and find it surprising it turns up more often than this 1975 follow up titled Moving South. Obviously, a bit more disco, the funk is still strong with heavy horn arrangements and brassy stabs throughout the album. As a bonus, this album contains the sample source for one of my favorite Hieroglyphics cuts...


Black Nasty - Talking To The People (Enterprise, 1973)

I finally caved and picked this up for cheap on eBay. It's been on my watch list forever, and the record gods finally blessed me with the right time, place, and price. I'm a big fan of this record and it's nice to finally have a copy on vinyl.


Lou Donaldson - The Natural Soul (Blue Note, 1962)

When I first my pedestrian foray into jazz, I bought a copy of The Natural Soul at Borders on cd. I always dug its mellow nature and have always kept an eye open for Lou Donaldson records since. This might be the very first time I've ever seen this one on vinyl, so I had to spring for it. You just cannot lose with a clean OG Blue Note...


Roland Kirk - Gifts & Messages (Mercury, 1964)

When I first started buying records I blindly picked up Blacknuss from Roland Kirk. I loved it, but never really bought more of his material until now. I don't know what I was thinking...


Johnny Griffin - The Little Giant (Riverside, 1959)

I know there is a lot of jazz in this post, but I'm not especially well versed in the genre. I'd say I dabble. I'm not exactly sure how to be critical; I just know what sounds good to my ears. This album fits the bill. The record sounds a little manic at times, but stays shuffling, always in control, and sort of bombastic. The third cut "Lonely One" is super brooding and intense and worth the purchase alone. 


Leroy Hutson - Closer To The Source (Curtom, 1978)

This is not my favorite Leroy Hutson album. It has a couple moments, but feels too polished and falls a little flat. Still not mad at a player, as he has plenty of other gems.


Quill - S/T (Cotillion, 1970)

I feel like I passed on this record recently as it was priced to high at a record fair. Glad I held out, cause records usually seem to turn up as long as you stay patient. This record is pretty killer! Quill was another Boston based band and actually played the Woodstock festival. Unfortunately, they were slotted just before taping of the event began so their performance never made the Woodstock film. Who knows what their story could have been had they made the cut?


The Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over (Polydor, 1970)

After digging The Tony Williams Lifetime album Ego, I thought I'd give this Lp 1970 Turn It Over a shot. It does sound a bit like Band of Gypsy's, which isn’t a bad thing. What I find interesting is that these manic fusion freak-outs are rather short. Online reviews tout this as a negative as the songs brevity doesn't allow the musicians room to showcase. However, I find it refreshing, as the songs are able to hold my attention a bit more. Sort of a punk rock styled fusion.


SRC - Milestones (Capitol, 1969)

I saw this record in a local shop a few years ago and would have bought that copy if it weren’t so rough. I've had it on my watch list ever since and a cheap copy finally fell my way via eBay. SRC was a Michigan based band that had many incarnations and various members over the years. Milestones is their second album and usually gets lumped into the Midwest psych camp. It's a solid listen and worth keeping an eye on.


Jimmy Smith - The Sermon! (Blue Note, 1959)

Here's another solid jazz addition to the collection. Jimmy Smith is pretty hit and miss, and has a ridiculous output. The Sermon! captures him at his best. 


Roy Ayers Ubiquity - He's Coming (Polydor, 1972)

Very hyped to finally land an OG of this hard to track down Roy Ayers Lp. Such good vibes ;)


Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded (B-Boy, 1987)

I HAD to spring on this. Curious pressing though, as the vinyl plays as the instrumentals despite the fact that there is no communication on the sleeve or label to denote so. A bit of a bummer as it's always fresh to take in the Blastmaster. 


N.W.A. - EFIL4ZAGGIN (Ruthless, 1991)

What?! An original pressing?! Took me all of a half second to snag this copy for my grip. I've always loved the venom on this record!


The Montgomery Brothers - The Groove Yard (Riverside, 1976 Japanese re-issue)

A solid, 70's pressing of The Groove Yard which originally came out in 1961. There is a little piano lick in the first song that kills me every time. Awesome addition to the collection, especially since I had long abandoned bringing home Wes Montgomery records.


Grant Green - The Latin Bit (Blue Note, 197? re-issue)

Grant Green - Idle Moments (Blue Note 19?? re-issue)

Grant Green - Am I Blue (Blue Note, 1963)

Grant Green - Feelin' the Spirit (Blue Note, 197? re-issue)

Grant Green - Grantstand (Blue Note, 19?? re-issue)

So, in stumbling across the mother load of Grant Green records, I HAD to cave and snatch them all to myself. So far, I've only listened to The Latin Bit and Idle Moments and both are solid. I already know I brought home the goods with the other three Blue Note classics. I rarely see his early records in OG or re-issue format. Now if I could only track down Blue Note's from Big John Patton I'd be set!