Roy Ayers – Change Up The Groove

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A great little album from Roy Ayers’ early years with Polygram — often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that’s got some wonderful funky numbers! There’s a really jazzy feel going on here — Roy’s nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations — especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout — often getting more space than vocals — and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy’s arranging skills — and titles include the funky break classic “The Boogie Back”, a sweet reading of “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song’s mellow righteous vibe — and the great cuts “Fishika”, “Sensitize”, “Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing”, “When is Real Real?”, and “Change Up The Groove”.

Tracklist

01. Change Up The Groove
02. Sensitize
03. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
04. Mash Theme
05. Fikisha (To Help Someone To Arrive)
06. Feel Like Makin’ Love
07. When Is Real, Real
08. The Boogie Back

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