• Acknowledged as one of the true pioneers in the funk/jazz world and a mainstay in contemporary music for over four decades, multi-faceted musician, producer, songwriter and performer Roy Ayers recorded a series of three albums for Columbia Records in the ‘80s.
• Released in 1987, I’M THE ONE (For Your Love Tonight) was his final set for Columbia. Unlike its prdecessors for the label, Roy produced the album himself working with his then-bassist David Metcen who co-produced and contributed five songs to the nine-track set. Other Ayers’ band members playing on I’M THE ONE included William Allen and Dennis Davis with longtime friend James Bedford contributing his songwriting talents on three songs.
• Standout tracks include a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “I Once Had Your Love,” the soulful slow jam, “Let Me Love You” (featuring singer Chandra Currelley, formerly of The S.O.S. Band), the funky “Crack Attack” and the vibes-dominated instrumental,“Blue Summer.”
• Notes by renowned U.S. writer Lewis Dene (former contributor to the UK’s Blues & Soul magazine) include quotes from a 2011 interview with Roy.
• I’M THE ONE (For Your Love Tonight) is part of the growing catalogue in the jazz/funk series from SoulMusic.com Records.
About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.