One person that Roy Ayers has credited for putting him on is flautist Herbie Mann. Here are a couple songs from Herbie Mann's 1969 album Memphis Underground where Roy Ayers got down on the vibes, but on the song “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, Roy Ayers is credited with playing Congas. Roy Ayers was subtle throughout the album, and he got loose on a couple solos, but it just seems that when you hear him, he just needed a little bit more. I am positive that Roy Ayers enjoyed the playing days and time spent with Herbie Mann, but judging him off of what he did with Ubiquity, it seemed apparent that making his own lane was inevitable, and for the next 40 years, he did just that…and continues to do so.
Here is some early Roy Ayers, enjoy.[wpaudio url=”http://royayersproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/01-Memphis-Underground.mp3″ text=”Memphis Underground” dl=”0″]
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