Friday, November 16, 2007

Coffy Is The Color

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. Check It Out!

Roy Ayers: Coffy Is The Color

Roy Ayers: Aragon

Roy Ayers: Brawling Broads

1 comment:

TGrundy said...

Hey BWM! I see your thoughts have turned to "Blaxploitation" soundtracks. We're thinking alike these days, as I am about to post (on Thursday) the third and final (for now at least) blaxploitation mix that I've been doing this month.

Roy Ayers' "Coffy" is an excellent choice to spotlight. Agree 100% with your analysis in ranking it right up there with the 'heavyweights' Shaft & Superfly.

Here are the links:
RIBS Blaxploitation1 (mostly fast)
RIBS Blaxploitation2 (mostly slow)

Keep up the good work you're puttin' down over here!