It's out on June 19th...

Roy Ayers will release a new album this Friday (June 19th).

The music legend draws on jazz, while filtering this through a soul lens - beloved of crate-diggers across the globe, he's inspired everyone from A Tribe Called Quest through to Gilles Peterson and beyond.

New album 'Roy Ayers JID 002' lands on June 19th through Jazz Is Dead, and was constructed by Roy Ayers alongside composer Adrian Younge and DJ, producer and A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

His first studio album in 18 years, it features drummer Greg Paul, vocalists Loren Oden, Joy Gilliam, Saudia Yasmein, Elgin Clark, and Anitra Castleberry; alongside this, the record boasts Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison of the legendary spiritual jazz label Tribe Records.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad comments...

“What is Jazz in 2020? I can answer that this way: jazz artists have not only been an inspiration that has shaped my development as a musician, but their music is deeply rooted into the foundation of the hip-hop culture.”

“We have risen because their head nodding beats, lush chord progressions, soul ripping melodies and bellowing basslines have given us a musical back beat to poetically flow on until the break of dawn. To me, it’s all freedom music and Jazz Is Dead is motivating a movement.”

Check out a preview below.

'Roy Ayers JID 002' is out on June 19th.

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