Thursday, 3 September 2009

Roy Ayers Ubiquity ”Change Up The Groove”

Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Change Up The Groove
( LP Polydor Records, 1974 )
Catalog # PD 6032

Tracklisting:
A1 Change Up The Groove (4:36)
Written-By – Roy Ayers
A2 Sensitize (5:00)
Lead Vocals, Arranged By – Wayne Garfield
Written-By – Carl Clay , Wayne Garfield
A3 Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (4:13)
Written-By – Stevie Wonder
A4 Mash Theme (4:59)
Written-By – J. Mandel, M. Altman
B1 Fikisha (To Help Someone To Arrive) (2:48)
Written-By – Roy Ayers
B2 Feel Like Makin’ Love (5:20)
Written-By – E. McDaniels
B3 When Is Real, Real? (3:41)
Lead Vocals – Roy Ayers
Written-By – Maureen Kinnard , Roy Ayers
B4 The Boogie Back (4:40)
Arranged By – Harry Whitaker , Wayne Garfield
Written-By – Harry Whitaker

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By – Harriet Millman
Backing Vocals – James “BJ” Boston , Monica Burruss,
Roy Ayers , Terry Burrell , Wayne Garfield
Bass – Wilbur Bascomb
Congas, Percussion – Chano O’Ferral
Drums – Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Wilby Fletcher
Guitar [Rhythm] – Gil Silva , Jerry Friedman
Guitar [Solo] – Calvin Brown
Other [Copyist] – William Allen
Photography – Greg Vaughn , Yvonne D. Lawton
Piano, Clavinet, Electric Piano – Harry Whitaker , Leon Pendarvis
Producer – Jerry Schoenbaum
Recorded By – Ron Johnson
Saxophone [Soprano] – George Braith
Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Arp], Arranged By [Synthesizers] – Pat Rebillot
Vibraphone, Vocals, Arranged By, Conductor – Roy Ayers

Notes:
Recorded at Electric Lady, N.Y.
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1974

Review:
Its misleading title notwithstanding, Change Up the Groove does little to alter the inimitable jazz-funk aesthetic Roy Ayers perfected on earlier LPs like He’s Coming and Virgo Red. The record simply offers more of a very, very good thing, as a result remaining somewhat overlooked in the vibraphonist’s large catalog. What’s impressive about Change Up the Groove is the seeming effortlessness of it all. Ayers’ command of the almighty groove is absolute, and he divines the funk even in left-field material like the theme from the television hit M.A.S.H. More traditional fare like the scorching “Fikisha (To Help Someone to Arrive),” the measured “When Is Real, Real?,” and a shimmering cover of Stevie Wonder’s rapturous “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” proves no less impressive, and even if there’s no obvious standout, Ayers makes no missteps, either — tremendous stuff from top to bottom.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)

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