Friday Funk – Roy Ayers – The Golden Rod & Positive Vibe – Happy Birthday Uncle Roy!

10 09 2010

Today’s Friday Funk comes from jazzfunksoul god Roy Ayers. It’s impossible to overstate the influence Roy has had on the development of black music. From his genre-bending stint with Polydor in the seventies and his outstanding production work, right through to becoming the second most sampled artist of all time (according to Avery Sunshine on her recent interview), Roy Ayers is a legend. And what better way to say happy birthday to the man than with a little SoulCuts Friday Funk love.

The Golden Rod comes from the momentous 1976 album, Everybody Loves The Sunshine. It’s jam packed with goodies, but The Golden Rod has always been my personal favourite. Three minutes of vibes laden, jazz-funk heaven, with an astounding keyboard solo by Maze’s Philip Woo, this is an uplifting instrumental treat that always leaves me begging for more. REWIND!

And as a birthday bonus, here’s Roy’s recent dancefloor stomper, Positive Vibe, recorded with UK jazz-funk stalwarts, Bah Samba. Keep the vibe alive, indeed! If you don’t have this one in your collection, then head over to Traxsource and grab the original and some fairly hot mixes. Tell ’em SoulCuts sent ya!

Apparently, the vibes used on this recording came straight from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing set. Talk about a Brucey bonus!




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