joy ride (warner bros 1999)
25 de septiembre de 2013 § Deja un comentario
BOB JAMES… compositor, pianista y uno de los padres de la fusion más académica (junto a sus colegas Earl Klugh y David Sanborn) y de los keyboards . Con él, en su época con la CTI, me introduje en el terreno de este estilo comprensivo y entendible q me abrió las puertas del jazz clásico. Toda una generación de referentes como Grover Washington Jr., Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Freddie Hubbard, Harvey Mason, Randy Brecker o Billy Cobham. Actualmente es uno de los integrantes del grupo Fourplay. Entrañables recuerdos con discos como “12”, Touchdown, Hands Down ó One on One… no sabría decantarme por lo q destacaré un tema “Bisso Baba“ de otra etapa del maestro esta vez con la Warner y en matrimonio con otro de mis queridísimos, el amigo Richard Bona. LISTEN!
Bob James’ recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set. He actually started out in music going in a much different direction. In 1962, James recorded a bop-ish trio set for Mercury, and three years later his album for ESP was quite avant-garde, with electronic tapes used for effects. After a period with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio musician, and by 1973 was arranging and working as a producer for CTI. In 1974, James recorded his first purely commercial effort as a leader; he later made big-selling albums for his own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collaborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. James remains relatively busy in the studio and since 2000 has released several albums including Dancing on the Water in 2001, That Steamin’ Feelin’ in 2002, Hi-Fi in 2003, andUrban Flamingo in 2006, among others. In 2011, James paired with pianist Keiko Matsui for Altair & Vega. Two years later, he delivered his second collaboration with saxophonist David Sanborn, 2013’s Quartette Humaine.