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ill.advised: roy ayers




With a career spanning nearly 60 years, he’s inspired a multitude of artists with his jazz-oriented R&B: a fusion of post-bop and soul that canonized his place in the world of music. He’s one of the most sampled artists of all time, responsible for some of your favorite songs.

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ADRIAN YOUNGE, ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD,
& ROY AYERS ALBUM OUT NOW

In February 2018, Roy Ayers performed four sold out shows in Los Angeles as part of the Jazz Is Dead Black History Month series.  It wasn’t until 2020 that fans of Ayers discovered that in addition to those shows, the legendary vibraphone player had also recorded an entire album of new material with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.