Roy Ayers - West Coast Vibes (1963) 2011 Japan 24-bit Remaster

Roy Ayers - West Coast Vibes (1963) 2011 Japan 24-bit Remaster

Artist: Roy Ayers
Title: West Coast Vibes [Japan 24-bit Remaster]
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: EMI Music Japan [TOCJ-50121]
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Vibes
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log) | Mp3
Total Time: 41:17
Total Size: 362 MB | 198 MB (Scans)

A holy grail of jazz – Roy Ayers' first album as a leader, and a near-lost session that's simply sublime! The record was cut at the same time that Roy was working in LA with pianist Jack Wilson – and it's got an approach that's a bit similar to some of the Wilson/Ayers sessions for Atlantic, Blue Note, and Vault – but with a marked difference here in the presence of Curtis Amy, who plays some incredible tenor and soprano sax on the session – arcing out over the modal lines set up by the vibes and piano, and shading in the record with a much deeper sense of soul! Amy plays on about half the album's tracks – all of which are standout modal tunes that preface the MPS/Saba sound by a number of years, and which we'd easily rank as some of the greatest jazz recorded anywhere in the 60s.
And even the tracks without Amy are great too – and have Roy echoing out with a wonderfully round tone on the vibes – no tricks, no gimmicks, no attempt to cross over to commercial jazz – just a brilliant tone and fresh vision on his instrument for the time. Wilson's great too (but when is he not?) – and rhythm is by either Bill Plummer or Victor Gaskin on bass, and either Tony Bazley or Kenny Dennis on drums. Titles include "Sound & Sense", "Ricardo's Dilemma", "Out Of Sight", "Young & Foolish", "Reggie Of Chester", and "Days Of Wine & Roses".
01 - Sound And Sense
02 - Days Of Wine And Roses
03 - Reggie Of Chester
04 - It Could Happen To You
05 - Donna Lee
06 - Ricardo's Dilemma
07 - Romeo
08 - Out Of Sight
09 - Young And Foolish
10 - Well You Needn't
Roy Ayers: vibes
Curtis Amy: tenor sax, soprano sax
Jack Wilson: piano
Bill Plummer: bass
Victor Gaskin: bass
Tony Bazley: drums
Kenny Dennis: drums


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