Roy Ayers Cover: Sylvia Striplin – Searchin' (1981)

If Roy Ayers classic song Searching had multiple personalities, the original version by Roy Ayers would be the “relaxing-at-home-with-a-significant-other” version, while the upbeat disco remake by Sylvia Striplin would be the “weekend, night-on-the-town” version. As the 80's Ladies singer was frequent to back up Roy Ayers on many occasions, as well as Roy Ayers having produced many of her songs, the working relationship between the two was very close during the late 70's and early 80's, and Sylvia Striplin's tunes had the signature Roy Ayers disco-funk sound all over it.

Sylvia Striplin – Searchin

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In this version of Searching was produced by Roy Ayers, but is a unique take on the loungy, serene instrumentation which the original version is known for. The disco version as instrumental breaks, the cadence is much different, and it is definitely reminiscent of your favorite discotech. Although any disco remake would make most jazz and soul purists shudder, the instrumentation on Sylvia's version is masterful and worth noting. The arrangement of the guitars, and the popping of the bass, as well as the faint keyboard and driving rhythm of the percussion are all a harmonious blend that is worthy of revision and praise. The stand out of the song is at 3:23, when the instrumental breakdown takes over the song, and you can hear each instrument come in at their own time, as well as Sylvia's excessive adlibs (especially at 5:17 on, where she goes in). All in all, Sylvia Striplin's version is a seldom recognized, but it is a magnificent take on the original version. Of course, none parallels the greatness of the original version, but to make a remake of Searching and to cross into a different genres is definitely noteworthy.

Roy Ayers – Searching

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