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Jakarta Post

Roy Ayers: Tripping but still kicking

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sat, March 21 2009   /  02:22 pm
(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

(JP/Ricky Yudhistira) Trying to count how many albums Roy Ayers has recorded will leave you lost in a long discography … before starting the recount. Was that 83? Or 84?
“More than 80, for sure,” the legendary jazz-funk vibraphonist says, having lost count himself.
This extraordinary feat is the result of hard work — of recording an average of two albums a year since his first appearance in 1967.
“Check this out: I’m 68 but I still look good … feel good. I’ve been putting records out every year,” Ayers says. “I’m tripping, but still kicking,” he adds with a chuckle.
But it was only after reaching these milestones – a 68th birthday and 80-something albums – that the Los Angeles-born musician was able to visit Indonesia, turning it on for the country’s jazz lovers at the recent Jakarta International Java Jaz...