Restoration: The Best of Bob James

Restoration: The Best of Bob James

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by Bob James
     
 
Keyboardist-composer-arranger-producer Bob James cherry-picked the 28 selections on Restoration, and the double set is no ordinary career highlight overview. Drawn from 20 albums recorded over 27 years, the program -- marked by consistent devotion to craft and the imperative of finding refreshing contexts for old messages -- is a de facto seminar in the

Overview

Keyboardist-composer-arranger-producer Bob James cherry-picked the 28 selections on Restoration, and the double set is no ordinary career highlight overview. Drawn from 20 albums recorded over 27 years, the program -- marked by consistent devotion to craft and the imperative of finding refreshing contexts for old messages -- is a de facto seminar in the evolution of the genre now known as "contemporary jazz." Spanning 1974-1982, the tunes on the first half of Disc 1 ("Nautilus," "Westchester Lady," "Tappan Zee," "Touchdown," "Angela: Theme from 'Taxi'," "Kari") are a hybrid of sophisticated jazz and classical harmonies; contemporary dance rhythms drawn from disco, funk, and pan-Caribbean styles (drummers include Idris Muhammad, Harvey Mason, Ralph McDonald, and Steve Gadd); and elemental melodies lushly orchestrated by James and elaborated upon by such instantly identifiable solo voices as Grover Washington, Hubert Laws, David Sanborn, Eric Gale, Earl Klugh and, of course, James himself on an array of then-state-of-the-art keyboards. By 1986, when Disc 2 begins, the increased sophistication of electronic instruments has removed the need for large ensembles to generate swaths of tone color that meet Jamesian proportions. Within the pared-down context, James refines, reworks, and recontextualizes his themes, expanding his rhythmic palette and bringing his instrumental personality more prominently to the fore. James is a keen observer of his own work, and although the preponderance of the music on Restoration is unabashedly populist in intent, only a few tunes sound dated. Most are beautifully played, telling their own story.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Pianist Bob James is known for his unfailingly congenial light pop/jazz music. This two-disc set showcases 28 tracks that highlight his work on Warner Brothers, including "Touchdown," "Maputo," "Westchester Lady," and his biggest hit, "Angela (Theme From Taxi)." Several of the tracks feature many like-minded crossover artists whom James has collaborated with, including David Sanborn, guitarist Earl Klugh, Hilary James, and Kirk Whalum. A pleasant set of background, albeit soulful, jazz and a good buy for the novice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0093624822028
catalogNumber:
1113536

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob James   Primary Artist,Organ,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Arp Odyssey
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Michael Colina   Keyboards
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Steve Khan   Guitar
Mike Lawrence   Trumpet
Hubert Laws   Flute
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alexander Zonjic   Flute
David Friedman   Vibes
Howard Johnson   Contrabass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Chris Walker   Bass
Brown   Viola
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Nadien   Violin,Concert Master
Jonathan Abramowitz   Celli
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Seymour Barab   Celli
Dave Bargeron   Bass Trombone
Jay Beckenstein   Alto Saxophone
Brian Blade   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dean Brown   Guitar
James Buffington   French Horn
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Harry Cykman   Violin
Jean R. Dane   Viola
Eddie Daniels   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Kevin DiSimone   Voices
Nathan East   Bass
Lewis Eley   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Harvey Estrin   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Barry Finclair   Violin
John Frosk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Louis Gabowitz   Violin
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
Paul Gershman   Violin
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs   Percussion
Harry Glickman   Violin
Allan Goldberg   Celli
Emanuel Green   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Theodore Israel   Viola
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Hilary James   Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Billy Kilson   Drums
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Violin
Regis Landiorio   Violin
Warren Lash   Celli
Will Lee   Bass
Jesse Levy   Celli
Charles Libove   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Chuck Loeb   Electric Guitar
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Alto Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Recorder,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soprano Recorder
Harvey Mason   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass
Charles McCracken   Celli
Marcus Miller   Bass
Marvin Morgenstern   Violin
Nick Moroch   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gerry Niewood   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Newmark   Drums
Gene Orloff   Violin
Pino Palladino   Bass
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Romeo Penque   Alto Flute,Recorder
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Richie Resnicoff   Guitar
George Ricci   Celli
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Ila Schloss   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Alan Shulman   Celli
Whit Sidener   Woodwind
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Sophos   Celli
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Tony Studd   Trombone
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Manny Vardi Strings   Viola
Sidney Weinberg   English Horn,Oboe
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Buddy Williams   Drums
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Tom Mitchell   Trombone
Albert Richmond   French Horn
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Tabu Ley Rochereau   Composer
Michael Colina   Producer,drum programming
Bob James   Arranger
Earl Klugh   Producer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Terry Britten   Composer
Paul Brown   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Composer
Gene Curtis   Engineering
James Farber   Engineering
Ken Freeman   Producer,Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Marcus Miller   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Matt Pierson   Producer
Max Risenhoover   Engineer,Bass Programming,Engineering
Schmitt   Engineering
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Lea Maalfrid   Composer

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Restoration: The Best of Bob James 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is definetly music for the mind, body and soul. Bob James has reached a status that most musical artist hope and dream of reaching in their lifetime. Truly a soulfully and soohting work of art.