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The Roy Ayers Project

The Roy Ayers Project

I’ve always been a firm believer that legends need to be honored and appreciated while they are still around to feel it.

Late last year, I hooked up with the good people over at The Roy Ayers Project, who are doing just that. Look out for their documentary film on Roy’s legacy coming sometime this year. It was an honor to give my two cents on Mr. Ayers’ prolific impact. I was featured alongside these heavyweights, who also champion Roy’s music to the masses on a regular basis – ?uestlove, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Bobbito Garcia, Andre Torres (Wax Poetics), DJ Premier, Waajeed and Ski Beatz, among others.

To stay up on the latest developments with the film, plug in here:

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Feel What I’m Feelin’- Jazz (in the Color Purple) Mix

DJ Center - Feel What I'm Feelin'

This is an oldie but a goodie- I cut this Jazz session back in 2005. It appeared as disc 2 on the double CD release, “Feel What I’m Feelin’“.

Long out of print, this mix has traveled to places and spaces as far and wide as Tokyo, Japan and London, England. For weeks it ran in its entirety on ScannerFM, 100.5 in Barcelona and it has received praise from some of the great artists that it pays homage to- Gary Bartz and Junior Mance, respectively.

For me, it was about the music- how much it spoke without saying a word. The blues roots, the spiritual jazz tributes and the clear connections to the modern day architects of sampling- it was all in there. It was a mix highlighting the genius and beauty of the artists and tunes you hear, yet weaving them together as I would any of my DJ sets.

To date, I’m not aware of any other mixes with the same approach or feel and for me, this project was a labor of love.

Hope it leaves you feelin’ as good as it left me when I put it together.

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