Let's Touch the Sky

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It would be incorrect to say that not much has changed Fourplay's sound since they began recording together in 1991. That said, while these musicians -- who were all successful artists individually -- have continued to evolve, as a group they've stayed remarkably focused on what they do best: play elegant, seamless, contemporary jazz with a light sexy groove. Keyboardist Bob James, drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason, and bassist Nathan East have remained constants but guitarists have come and gone: Chuck Loeb replaces Larry Carlton (who originally replaced founding member Lee Ritenour) for Let's Touch the Sky, Fourplay's 11th recording. James' title track composition kicks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It would be incorrect to say that not much has changed Fourplay's sound since they began recording together in 1991. That said, while these musicians -- who were all successful artists individually -- have continued to evolve, as a group they've stayed remarkably focused on what they do best: play elegant, seamless, contemporary jazz with a light sexy groove. Keyboardist Bob James, drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason, and bassist Nathan East have remained constants but guitarists have come and gone: Chuck Loeb replaces Larry Carlton (who originally replaced founding member Lee Ritenour) for Let's Touch the Sky, Fourplay's 11th recording. James' title track composition kicks things off with a breezy Brazilian groove before strings paint an airy, almost cinematic backdrop. Loeb's "3rd Degree" ups the funk quotient with some hard-grooving guitar, ever-present rolling breaks by Mason, and some knotty synth work. His "Above and Beyond" provides the kind of guitar-led group interactive euphoria usually associated with Pat Metheny. Mason's "Pineapple Getaway" has irresistible synth and Rhodes work by James, but it's Loeb's stellar guitar work that makes this Caribbean-flavored groover one of the set's finest moments. "Gentle Giant," written by James in memory of Hank Jones, features a stellar upright bass solo from East. There are three vocal tracks on the set as well. East takes one on his "I'll Still Be Lovin' You," and Anita Baker lays down a fine one on her reading of "You're My Thrill." The most remarkable one is the deeply soulful, warmly expressive take of Cecil and Linda Womack's "Love TKO" by Ruben Studdard, with some excellent atmospherics provided by James and Mason. Fourplay's formulaic approach is firmly intact on Let's Touch the Sky and the band is firing on all cylinder, making this a fine entry in 2010's contemporary jazz oeuvre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072320307
  • Catalog Number: 32030
  • Sales rank: 21,374

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Touch the Sky (5:22)
  2. 2 3rd Degree (5:07)
  3. 3 More Than A Dream (5:03)
  4. 4 Pineapple Getaway (5:52)
  5. 5 I'll Still Be Lovin' You - Nathan East (5:18)
  6. 6 Gentle Giant (for Hank) (5:59)
  7. 7 A Night in Rio (5:56)
  8. 8 Love TKO - Ruben Studdard (4:30)
  9. 9 Above And Beyond (6:30)
  10. 10 Golden Faders (7:08)
  11. 11 You're My Thrill (5:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fourplay Primary Artist
Bob James Keyboards, Group Member
Nathan East Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Chuck Loeb Guitar, Group Member
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Heather Mason Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob James Composer
Fourplay Producer
Sonny Abelardo Management
Nathan East Composer
Ken Freeman Engineer
Chuck Loeb Composer
Harvey Mason Sr. Composer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Cecil Womack Composer
Linda Womack Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Jay Gorney Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Producer
Andrew Hey Engineer
Tom Keane Composer
Clare Sidney Composer
Eddie Gip Noble Composer
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