A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of
Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of
jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of
vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of
Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem
, and it's also got a nice funky cover of
the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind".
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a name in marker on the back.)