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AVAILABLE NOW: “Roy Ayers JID002” | Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad | Jazz Is Dead

AVAILABLE NOW via Jazz Is Dead
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Release Highly Anticipated Collaboration
with Eternal Vibraphonist and

Godfather of Neo-Soul Roy Ayers:
Roy Ayers JID 002

Album Receives Critical Acclaim:

“Jazz hasn’t had a consistent mainstream profile in decades. This supertrio aim to change that with a cheekily titled, smooth-as-silk group of songs about love, unity, and the roots of American music.” — Entertainment Weekly [July issue]

The Today Show’s “19 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth As A Family”

“The track has all the trappings of golden era Ayers: a chorus of wafting female vocals, gooey synths and a drum beat that steadily simmers.” — The New York Times

NPR All Songs Considered’s “New Music Friday”

“Adrian and Ali have already proven to be a pretty dynamic duo, and with the legendary Roy Ayers in the mix, it’s no surprise that this record sounds as fantastic as it does.” — Brooklyn Vegan

Timeless music exists as a piece of art that is perpetually in vogue; a creation of sound that never sours with future generations. For Jazz Is Dead, a taste for timelessness is essential and our strength is based on presenting the unexpected. With great pride, we announce a new album with Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the godfather of neo-soul Roy Ayers: Roy Ayers JID 002. Vinyl and CD available for preorder on Jazzisdead.cobandcamp or the newly launched Jazz Is Dead subscription service: a three-tiered offering which invites fans to become members, and receive exclusive vinyl, merchandise, content and more.

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 material with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The resulting album sounds both like an unearthed masterpiece from Ayers’ classic period in the Polydor ‘70s. Learn more about that here.

Over the course of its eight original compositions, written collaboratively by Younge, Shaheed Muhammad & Ayers and recorded at Younge’s Linear Labs in Los Angeles, the resulting album sounds both like an unearthed an unreleased album from Ayers’ classic period in the 1970s (which produced the oft-sampled “Red, Black & Green,” “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby,” “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” and “Running Away), as well as something startling, new and unexpected.

Joining Ayers, Younge & Shaheed Muhammad on this musical journey are drummer Greg Paul, vocalists Loren Oden, Joy Gilliam, Saudia Yasmein, Elgin Clark & Anitra Castleberry, as well as Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison of the legendary Spiritual Jazz label Tribe Records.

The 8 tracks on this album testify to the love not only of a legendary musician’s legacy, but to the vitality & necessity of this music and these sounds in the present era, a thread that will likely run throughout all of the upcoming releases from Jazz Is Dead Records.

Roy Ayers JID 002 · Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead | Available June 19, 2020

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