Saturday, December 22, 2007

Roy Ayers - 1973 - Coffy



"A blaxploitation masterpiece on par with Curtis Mayfield's Superfly and Isaac Hayes' Shaft, Roy Ayers' soundtrack for the 1973 Pam Grier vehicle Coffy remains one of the most intriguing and evocative film scores of its era or any other. Ayers' signature vibes create atmospheres and textures quite distinct from your average blaxploitation effort, embracing both heavy, tripped-out funk ("Brawling Broads") and vividly nuanced soul-jazz ("Aragon"). The vocal numbers are no less impressive, in particular the rapturous opening cut, "Coffy Is the Color." Richly cinematic grooves, as inventive and cohesive as any of Ayers' vintage Ubiquity LPs. Highly recommended." ~ AMG

"What can I say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack, and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track Brawling Broads, cool vibes and electric piano on Aragon, off-beat jazz on Coffy Sauna, and great soul on cuts like Coffy Is The Color and Coffy Baby.
Wonderful all the way through, and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! Enjoy it!" ~ OufAr KhAn Blog

Tracklisting:

01 Coffy Is The Color (2:58)
Vocals - Denise Bridgewater* , Roy Ayers , Wayne Garfield
02 Pricilla's Theme (3:53)
03 King George (2:55)
Vocals - Roy Ayers
04 Aragon (2:52)
05 Coffy Sauna (2:13)
06 King's Last Ride (1:05)
07 Coffy Baby (2:23)
Vocals - Denise Bridgewater*
08 Brawling Broads (2:40)
09 Escape (2:14)
10 Shining Symbol (3:49)
Vocals - Wayne Garfield
11 Exotic Dance (3:14)
12 Making Love (2:45)
13 Vittroni's Theme - King Is Dead (1:58)
14 End Of Sugarman (1:04)