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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As one review once put it, James was putting the "smooth" into "jazz" long before the genre had its formal name, and it was fun to take stock of his lengthy quarter-century-plus recording career with 2001's double CD Restoration: The Best of Bob James. Hardly about to rest on his laurels, he's chugging ahead in 2002 with a new Fourplay album Heartfelt and this likeable, diverse effort. The idea seems to be to return to the spirit and groove of his classic albums of the '70s and early '80s, but play those licks in the company of latter-day top stars Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Paul Jackson, Jr., Chuck Loeb. And let's not forget the groovemeisters Vinnie Colaiuta ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As one review once put it, James was putting the "smooth" into "jazz" long before the genre had its formal name, and it was fun to take stock of his lengthy quarter-century-plus recording career with 2001's double CD Restoration: The Best of Bob James. Hardly about to rest on his laurels, he's chugging ahead in 2002 with a new Fourplay album Heartfelt and this likeable, diverse effort. The idea seems to be to return to the spirit and groove of his classic albums of the '70s and early '80s, but play those licks in the company of latter-day top stars Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Paul Jackson, Jr., Chuck Loeb. And let's not forget the groovemeisters Vinnie Colaiuta drums and Will Lee bass, so hip and sly on mood-swinging tunes like "Baby Cakes." Considering that the disc mostly focuses on sharply composed, tightly played, and slickly produced tracks by genre hitmakers like Loeb and Paul Brown, it seems curious that James would open with a somewhat alienating, experimental track "Street Smart". It opens with scratches, ambience, and darting piano runs that scream "avant-garde", before getting into a heavier groove, classical piano ideas, and finally moving into a brief big band swing section. It's interesting, but all over the place. Loeb's tune, "Just One Thing," is the complete opposite, a crisp, dreamy, light funk piece perfect for smooth jazz radio; Jamesand Loeb make good studio bedfellows with a smart, witty repartee and tandem energy. The title track is another excellent middle-of-the-road piece, with Dave Koz providing the genuine smiles and extra commercial melodic thrust. "Hands On" is a bouncy jam piece that evokes the loose energy of James' early albums. And labelmate Braun helps bring the romantic "Five O'Clock Chateau" to a deeper place full of soul and energy. Some of the other tunes seem more artsy and fusion-minded, but all of them have a singular focus. Maybe that's the point -- to provide in a new setting the kind of overview of James' multiple approaches that was captured on the best-of package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624827023
  • Catalog Number: 48270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Street Smart (6:07)
  2. 2 Just One Thing (5:02)
  3. 3 Morning, Noon & Night (4:16)
  4. 4 Hands On (5:52)
  5. 5 Over & Over (5:55)
  6. 6 Five O'Clock Chateau (4:29)
  7. 7 When the Love Is Over (3:21)
  8. 8 Night Beat (5:42)
  9. 9 Baby Cakes (5:54)
  10. 10 Dai Dai Ya (5:38)
  11. 11 Count on It (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob James Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Dave Koz Saxophone
David Mann Alto Saxophone
Keiko Matsui Piano
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Rick Braun Flugelhorn
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Kevin DiSimone Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman Alto Flute
James Genus Bass
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Herman Jackson Organ
Will Lee Bass
Chuck Loeb Guitar
David McMurray Tenor Saxophone
Jim Pugh Trombone
Roberto Vally Bass, Keyboards
Ross Vannelli Keyboards
Bill K. Myers Keyboards
Brian Dunne Drums
Technical Credits
Bob James Arranger, Producer
David Mann Horn Arrangements
Ken Freeman Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Chuck Loeb Producer, Percussion Programming
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jimi Randolph Engineer
Ross Vannelli Arranger, drum programming
Erik Zobler Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Mark Larson Art Direction
Bill K. Myers Arranger, drum programming
Larry Buksbaum MIDI Engineer
Milan Simich Producer
Mike Ricchiuti Engineer
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