Tribute to Roy Ayers by Anthony Valadez

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KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez put together a tribute to Roy Ayers which LA Times writer Jeff Weiss calls the “best 45 minutes you will hear all day.” The inspiration for the mix is an upcoming event by ArtDontSleep (hosted by another KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad) on Thursday, November 17 with a live performance from Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock, as well as Thundercat and J. Rocc.

More from Anthony:

“The inspiration for the mix simply came down to Roy Ayer’s influence as an artist and creative figure. His music has been recycled and embraced by various generations and to me that only demonstrates how ahead of his time this brother really is/was. This is something I have always known but it really struck me when I put the needle on the record in creating this mix.

Roy Ayers has transcended jazz, soul, funk and disco. He has impacted music for many generations to come through hip hop, house and neo soul. Through the 70′s to present day, Mr. Ayers has captured happiness, soul and uplifting messages through his music.”

Check out the mix below as well as more info on the event. (Be warned there are some NSFW lyrics…)

Homage – Roy Ayers mixed by Anthony Valadez by ArtDontSleep


 HOMAGE | ROY AYERS TRIBUTE MIX | Mixed and selected by Anthony Valadez 

Roy Ayers – We Live In Brooklyn Baby
Ge-Ology – Brooklyn (Instrumental)
Smif-N-Wessun – Homw Sweet Home
Dj Shadow – Hindsight
Roy Ayers – Red, Black and Green
X Clan – Raise The Flag
Roy Ayers – Aint Got Time
Black Star – Little Brother
CL Smooth & Pete Rock – Carmel City
Roy Ayers – Mystic Voyage
Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Just Kicking It
Roy Ayers – The Boogie Back
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Funky (Original 12 Version)
Roy Ayers and Carl Clay – Shinning Symbol
Redman – Creepin’
Ramp – Daylight
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Common – Book Of Life
Brand Nubian – Wake Up (Reprise In The Sunshine)
Roy Ayers – Searching
Erykah Badu – Searching (Live)
CL Smooth and Pete Rock – Searchin
Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie Remix)
Roy Ayers – Third Eye
The Roots – Proceed II (Feat Roy Ayers)

in celebration of:

EVFA & ArtDontSleep present: Homage

Tix + info | Click here

Live Performances by:
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock (Live full band)

Opening Performances by:
Thundercat (Live)

Lounge DJ’s:
Anthony Valadez, Clifton Weaver, Destroyer, Lee Joseph & Marlon Fuentes

Hosted By: Garth Trinidad
Thursday November 17th, 2011 :: 8pm-2am :: 21 and wiser

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