Pure

Pure

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by Boney James
     
 
Some who have followed Boney James' incredible trajectory in smooth jazz land -- which includes four gold albums and a Grammy nomination for his previous disc, Ride -- might think it's a risk for the popular saxman to take all the production reins himself. He's always been an outstanding, soulful player, but producer Paul Brown's

Overview

Some who have followed Boney James' incredible trajectory in smooth jazz land -- which includes four gold albums and a Grammy nomination for his previous disc, Ride -- might think it's a risk for the popular saxman to take all the production reins himself. He's always been an outstanding, soulful player, but producer Paul Brown's cool, R&B-driven vibe helped make stars out of him and numerous of his peers. James shows tremendous confidence in that chair here, keeping his trademark seductive vibe going with a sweet and sassy mix of easygoing ballads, catchy R&B vocals, and more creative stretching exercises. As producer, his crowning achievement here is the simmering, brassy blues texturing of the vocal/sax tune "Thinkin' 'Bout Me," which is what might have resulted years ago had Sly Stone included Junior Walker as part of his family. As composer, that piece and the midtempo easy funk jam "Stone Groove" are the catchiest, with both allowing for just enough sax solo time amidst the horn textures. As a bonus, "Stone Grooves" includes a touch of class via a frisky Joe Sample piano solo that, alas, doesn't last long enough. James knows his market and knows that man does not live by great sax alone. He has a great time encouraging some developing R&B vocal talents who are sure to make more noise on their own, from Bilal to his new labelmate Debbie Nova and Dwele. The Nova tune "Appreciate" is such a crisply produced pop confection that James should consider helming more strictly vocal projects. For those who don't think the busy production here lives up to the title of the disc, there's the title cut itself -- simple, soulful, and dreamy as the genre gets.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624878629
catalogNumber:
48786
Rank:
32111

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boney James   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Key Bass
Billy Preston   Organ
Bobby Lyle   Piano
Joe Sample   Piano
David Torkanowsky   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Marlon McClain   Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Johnny Britt   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Kurt Clayton   fender rhodes
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Roland Kato   Viola
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Pino Palladino   Bass,Fuzz Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Morris Pleasure   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Darrell Smith   Clavinet
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Keyboards
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Rohn Lawrence   Guitar,Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
?uestlove   Drums
Bilal   Vocals
Phillipe David   Keyboards
Dwele   Vocals
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Eric Walls   Guitar
Lauren Evans   Vocals
Tim Carmen   Organ
Tony Miaden   Guitar
Debi Nova   Vocals
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

David Torkanowsky   Composer
Phil Davis   Composer
Boney James   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Johnny Britt   Composer
Paul Brown   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Rideau   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Darrell Smith   Composer
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Arranger,Producer
Jon B.   Composer
Koji Egawa   Pro-Tools
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Mick Haggerty   Artwork
Gerald McCauley   Composer,Producer
Leon Bisquera   Composer
Jesse Gorman   Engineer
Maggie Richardson   Source Material
Phil Jackson   Composer
Mark McLaughlin   Engineer
Steef Van De Gevel   Engineer
Michael Musmano   Engineer
Greg Price   Engineer
Andwele Gardner   Composer
Jason Rankins   Engineer
Ryan Petrie   Engineer
Aaron Fessel   Engineer

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Pure 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first cut, Pure, Boney begins to build his easy listening melodies and leads you directly into his high powered sax mastery. Duets with Bilal, Dwele and Debi Nova again show his R&B roots and his inate ability to integrate these sounds with extraordinary results. Smooth Jazz's finest sax work of the year definitely Grammy material. Thanks, Boney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really is more of along the lines of instrumental r&b than jazz, in my opinion. A lot of the songs on this album tend to have more of an urban sound, with guest artists such as Debbie Nova, Bilal, and Dwele. Compared to his last album, I would say that the sound here is more strongly r&b, whereas the previous album had a lot of other influences such as pop, dance, latin, and reggae. All in all, I would say this is a well done CD. My favorite tracks were Pure, It's On, and Better With Time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boney James is the premier jazz artist of the 21st century and he continues to prove it on this wonderful compilation of his. This CD has close ties to his R&B related inspiration and although Boney James may be one of the best jazz artists of the 21st century (to me, all times) somehow just as the second track on this CD indicates he just keeps "Getting Better With Time." I've purchased each and every one of Boney James's albums (with exception to his Christmas album) and I haven't been diasapointed (not even by a single track) yet. I reccomend that both any and everyone who loves modern jazz (e.g. Kirk Whalum, Dave koz, Kenny G, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Brian Culbertson, Fourplay....the list goes on), purchase and listen to any of his albums and I guarantee that you will truly be impressed. P.S. I'll be purchasing his Christmas album the first day it goes on sale in November.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive always been a fan of Boney James since his Backbone album. Boney is known for his ear for R&B and soft touch and it shows on this record especially with duos with Bilal and Dwele. The track Stoe groove with Joe Sample is like listening to two genuses at work. espically the piano solo by Joe, which could have been longer, but great nonetheless. This is easily one of Boney's best albums.