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The Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Issued by the U.K.-based Metro Doubles label in 2002, Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics only overlaps 2001's Restoration anthology with eight of the same tracks, and concentrates on material originally released from 1974 to 1984 apart from 1995's "Ensenada Madness," everything fits into that time frame. A fine chronological overview of James' most productive period, this is a very attractive package that includes informative and insightful liner notes. "Nautilus," "Westchester Lady," "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," "Angela Theme From Taxi," "Touchdown," and "Sign of the Times" are among the inclusions. Naturally, this double-disc set can serve any number of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Issued by the U.K.-based Metro Doubles label in 2002, Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics only overlaps 2001's Restoration anthology with eight of the same tracks, and concentrates on material originally released from 1974 to 1984 apart from 1995's "Ensenada Madness," everything fits into that time frame. A fine chronological overview of James' most productive period, this is a very attractive package that includes informative and insightful liner notes. "Nautilus," "Westchester Lady," "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," "Angela Theme From Taxi," "Touchdown," and "Sign of the Times" are among the inclusions. Naturally, this double-disc set can serve any number of purposes: as pleasant, occasionally funky background music, as proof of your extensive knowledge of hip-hop samples, or as cruel torture for your jazz purist peers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2007
  • Label: Metro Music
  • UPC: 698458700421
  • Catalog Number: 504
  • Sales rank: 80,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Night on Bald Mountain (5:55)
  2. 2 Feel Like Makin' Love (6:40)
  3. 3 Nautilus (5:08)
  4. 4 Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2) (8:26)
  5. 5 Take Me to the Mardi Gras (5:51)
  6. 6 Women of Ireland (8:04)
  7. 7 Westchester Lady (7:27)
  8. 8 Where the Wind Blows Free (6:45)
  9. 9 Heads (6:41)
  10. 10 Night Crawler (6:20)
  11. 11 Kari - Earl Klugh (6:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Angela (5:45)
  2. 2 Touchdown (5:42)
  3. 3 Blue Lick (5:35)
  4. 4 Shepherd's Song (6:42)
  5. 5 Thoroughbred (7:22)
  6. 6 Reunited (5:44)
  7. 7 Sign of the Times (5:38)
  8. 8 Spunky (7:01)
  9. 9 Miranda (4:57)
  10. 10 Marco Polo (5:24)
  11. 11 Ruby Ruby Ruby (4:51)
  12. 12 Ensenada Madness (5:33)
  13. 13 Brooklyn Heights Boogie (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob James Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Calliope, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Bells, fender rhodes, oberheim
Eddie Bert Trombone
Phil Bodner Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Michael Brecker Reeds
Hiram Bullock Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Ron Carter Bass
Peter Erskine Drums
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Art Farmer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Thad Jones Trumpet
Steve Khan Guitar
Earl Klugh Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Mike Lawrence Trumpet
Hubert Laws Flute
David Sanborn Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Scott Reeds
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Friedman Vibes
Major Holley Double Bass
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet
Al Brown Viola
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
David Nadien Violin, Concert Master
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Gloria Agostini Harp
Lamar Alsop Violin, Viola
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
James Buffington French Horn
Frederick Buldrini Violin
Harry Cykman Violin
Jean R. Dane Viola
Eddie Daniels Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Eley Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Harvey Estrin Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Barry Finclair Violin
Louis Gabowitz Violin
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Bass, Guitar, Soloist
Jack Gale Bass Trombone
John Gatchell Trumpet
Paul Gershman Violin
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Diana Halprin Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Yogi Horton Drums
Idris Muhammad Drums
Theodore Israel Viola
Neil Jason Bass, Vocals
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Gary King Bass
Harold Kohon Violin
Warren Lash Cello
Jesse Levy Cello
Charles Libove Violin
Richard Locker Cello
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Flute, Reeds, Alto Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Recorder, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Alto Recorder
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Charles McCracken Cello
Marcus Miller Bass
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
Victor Paz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Romeo Penque Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Recorder, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor Recorder
John Pintavalle Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Allen Ralph Trombone, Bass Trombone
Richie Resnicoff Guitar
George Ricci Cello
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Jeff Schoen Vocals
Alan Shulman Cello
Andrew Smith Drums
Anthony Sophos Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin
Steve Summer Drums
Ron Tooley Trumpet
The Manny Vardi Strings Viola
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, tin whistle
Sidney Weinberg English Horn, Oboe
Kirk Whalum Saxophone
Buddy Williams Drums
Herbert Sorkin Violin
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Charles Vullo Guitar
Dave Friedman Vibes
Peter Gordon French Horn
Alla Goldenberg Cello
David Earl Taylor Trombone
Al Brown & His Tunetoppers Viola
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Tom Mitchell Jr. Trombone
Jerry Dodgion Flute, Alto Saxophone
Sticks McElhiney Drums
Tom Mitchell Trombone
Donald Patterson Bass
Albert Richmond French Horn
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer
Bob James Arranger
Rod Temperton Arranger, Composer, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Tappan Zee Producer
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