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Studio album by Ohio Players
Released August 1978
Recorded The Chicago Recording Company (Chicago), Paragon Recording Studios (Chicago), The Record Plant (Los Angeles), Wally Heider Studios (Los Angeles)
Genre Soul/Funk
Label Mercury
Producer Ohio Players
Ohio Players chronology
Mr. Mean
(1977)Mr. Mean1977
Everybody Up
(1979)Everybody Up1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee is the 14th album by the Ohio Players. It was the 8th and last album they would record for Mercury. The title is a unique spelling of the term "jazzy lady." Unlike their last two efforts, the group remained with the nine-man roster that they had with Mr. Mean.

The group returned to the soul and funk that had been a big part of their sound, since the mellower, jazzier sounds of Mr. Mean (a soundtrack for a film directed by and starring Fred Williamson) failed to move fans and critics. Low sales of that album would also lead to lower-than-expected sales for Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Funk-O-Nots" (4:48)
  2. "Sleepwalkin'" (5:27)
  3. "Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee" (8:18)
  4. "Nott Enuff" (4:58)
  5. "Time Slips Away/Shoot Yer Shot" (7:13)
  6. "Dance (If Ya Wanta)" (6:13)


  • Clarence "Satch" Satchell - flute, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, Varitone and vocals
  • Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner - guitars, percussion, and lead vocals
  • Marshall "Rock" Jones - electric bass
  • Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks - trumpets
  • James "Diamond" Williams - drums, congas, cowbell, percussion, and vocals
  • Billy Beck - Grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Hohner D-6 Clavinet, RMI Electric piano, ARP Odyssey Synthesizer, ARP string ensemble, percussion, and vocals
  • Marvin "Merv" Pierce - trumpets, trombones & flugelhorn
  • Clarence "Chet" Willis - guitars & vocals
  • Robert "C.D." Jones - congas


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 69
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 15
Year Single Peak chart positions

1978 "Funk-O-Nots" 105 27
"Time Slips Away" 53


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c "US Charts > Ohio Players". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

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