Pure

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624878629
  • Catalog Number: 48786
  • Sales rank: 8,404

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pure (4:38)
  2. 2 Better With Time - Bilal (5:26)
  3. 3 2:01 a.m. (5:04)
  4. 4 Stone Groove (4:47)
  5. 5 Appreciate - Debi Nova (3:34)
  6. 6 Here She Comes (4:14)
  7. 7 Break of Dawn - Dwele (4:49)
  8. 8 It's On (3:29)
  9. 9 Thinkin' 'Bout Me (4:02)
  10. 10 You Don't Have to Go Home (4:06)
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. Trombone
?uestlove Drums
Sara Parkins Violin
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 III 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
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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
Steve Mazur Digital Editing
Koji Egawa Pro-Tools
Todd Fairall Engineer
Mick Haggerty Artwork
Gerald McCauley Composer, Producer
Leon Bisquera Composer
Jesse Gorman Engineer
DC Digital Editing
Maggie Richardson Source Material
Phil Jackson Composer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Mark McLaughlin Engineer
Steef Van De Gevel Engineer, Digital Editing
Michael Musmano Engineer
Greg Price Engineer, Digital Editing
Andwele Gardner Composer
Jason Rankins Engineer
Ryan Petrie Engineer, Digital Editing
Aaron Fessel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Boney

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Posterboy Of Modern Jazz

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More on the R&B Side of Jazz

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boney 's finest work to date .

    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.

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