Restoration: The Best of Bob James

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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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624822028
  • Catalog Number: 48220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feel Like Making Love (5:04)
  2. 2 Nautilus (5:04)
  3. 3 Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2) (5:45)
  4. 4 Westchester Lady (7:25)
  5. 5 Storm King (6:33)
  6. 6 Tappan Zee (6:48)
  7. 7 Night Crawler (6:18)
  8. 8 Angela (5:43)
  9. 9 Touchdown (5:39)
  10. 10 Kari - Earl Klugh (4:59)
  11. 11 Snowbird Fantasy (7:05)
  12. 12 Shamboozie (5:19)
  13. 13 Brighton by the Sea (5:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Maputo - David Sanborn (4:34)
  2. 2 Ashanti (5:59)
  3. 3 Restoration (5:46)
  4. 4 Bare Bones (4:46)
  5. 5 Movin' On - Earl Klugh (5:03)
  6. 6 Lotus Leaves (5:59)
  7. 7 Restless (4:32)
  8. 8 Storm Warning - Hilary James (4:06)
  9. 9 Kickin' Back - Kirk Whalum (6:00)
  10. 10 Hockney (6:09)
  11. 11 The River Returns (5:36)
  12. 12 Mind Games (4:37)
  13. 13 Raise the Roof (4:52)
  14. 14 Joy Ride (4:39)
  15. 15 Dancing on the Water (4:56)
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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
Al 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 Jr. 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 Sr. 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
Andrew Smith Drums
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Sophos Celli
Richard Sortomme Violin
Tony Studd Trombone
Richard Tee Keyboards
Ron Tooley Trumpet
The 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
Technical Credits
Tabu Ley Rochereau Composer
Michael Colina Producer, drum programming
Bob James Arranger
Earl Klugh Producer
Billy Always Composer
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
Al Schmitt Engineering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Lea Maalfrid Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bob James/ Naturalmystic

    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.

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