Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Stoned Soul Picnic
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
UK digipak edition of this album from the Jazz great, originally released in 1968. Stoned Soul Picnic dates from the earlier part of Roy Ayers' career as a leader, before he delved heavily into R&B and Funk fusions and ins... more »
UK digipak edition of this album from the Jazz great, originally released in 1968. Stoned Soul Picnic dates from the earlier part of Roy Ayers' career as a leader, before he delved heavily into R&B and Funk fusions and instead concentrated more on Soul-Jazz grooves. Ayers leads a septet including such big names as pianist Herbie Hancock, altoist Gary Bartz, bassist Ron Carter, and flutist Hubert Laws. The Laura Nyro-penned title track foreshadows Ayers' later forays beyond the boundaries of pure Jazz, and the group keeps the groove percolating nicely throughout, making Stoned Soul Picnic one of Ayers' better jazz-oriented outings. Atlantic.
Good for what it is
J. T. Schulz | Tha Lou | 03/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As some have already asserted, this is not the music you'd expect from the funk/ fusion Roy Ayers of Mystic Voyage. This album is a whole other kind of beast. Ayers and band do lay down the funk, but without electric instruments and effects that can actually overpower the musical element. Hancock always comes through with strong solos and Ayers' improvisation on "Wave" is nothing short of ecstacy. If anything, it suffers from songs that are a little too long and a disk that is way too short. Lush orchestration and top-notch musicianship are the staples that make this LP a solid effort."
K. R Sadler | Philadelphia, PA United States | 08/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love the vibes, then you'll love this cd. Roy Ayers has been around for decades and is still one of my favs. Play this one by candlelight, while sipping wine with the company of someone special!!"