Anyone who's been even a casual reader of this blog knows my favorite artist of all time is Roy Ayers, hands down. I've seen the guy in concert a million times, and even at advanced age, he's one of the most engaging soul/jazz/funk performers there is. Unlike his contemporaries (Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield) it always puzzles me that despite making equally timeless (and arguably more sampled/remade) music, Ayers' name seldom comes up when all-time greats are discussed. Go figure.
Anyways, if you're not familiar with the man's work, cop this excellent Tribute/Interview mix, courtesy of Bama Love Soul.