Three

Three

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by Bob James
     
 

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By Three, Bob James -- the pianist, composer, and arranger -- was deep into jazz-funk. The five tracks here reflect his obsession with hard, danceable grooves that take as much from the soul-jazz book as they do his years with CTI. Using many of the same session players he bonded with at his former label -- including Eric Gale, HughSee more details below

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By Three, Bob James -- the pianist, composer, and arranger -- was deep into jazz-funk. The five tracks here reflect his obsession with hard, danceable grooves that take as much from the soul-jazz book as they do his years with CTI. Using many of the same session players he bonded with at his former label -- including Eric Gale, Hugh McCracken, Hubert Laws, Will Lee, and Harvey Mason -- and a large host of stellar horn players (among them Lew Soloff and Jon Faddis), James offers five selections of simple but fun jazz-pop. On "One Mint Julep," Grover Washington's tenor goes head to head with James' Rhodes and synths. "Women of Ireland" is a solid take on the ballad with fine guitar work from Gale as a contrast to the watershed of strings. The laid-back, space groove contains another killer solo by Washington, while "Westchester Lady" borders on disco without ever falling headlong into it. The closer, "Jamaica Farewell," is another shimmering ballad with a whistle solo by Washington playing the melody. The faux-reggae rhythm and slippery bassline are the only things that keep it from slipping into a lightweight ether. Unfortunately, the Koch CD reissues do not contain the bonus track "Look Look." The remastered sound is welcome, though, and while the sound here is somewhat dated, the feel is timeless.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923992820
catalogNumber:
9928

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob James   Primary Artist,Conductor,Keyboards
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Horn
Hubert Laws   Flute
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Brown   Viola
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Taylor   Trombone,Bass Trombone
David Nadien   Violin
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Tuba,Horn,Bass Trombone
Randy Brecker   Horn
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Harry Cykman   Violin
Eddie Daniels   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Lewis Eley   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
John Frosk   Trumpet,Horn
Eric Gale   Guitar
Emanuel Green   Violin
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Violin
Will Lee   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Harmonica
Charles McCracken   Cello
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Andy Newmark   Drums
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Alan Shulman   Cello
Manny Vardi Strings   Viola
Grover Washington   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Whistle (Instrument),tin whistle
Andy Newark   Drums
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
Dave Taylor   Bass Trombone
Jerry Dodgion   Flute

Technical Credits

Roberta Flack   Author
Maynard Ferguson   Author
Bob James   Arranger
Hubert Laws   Author
Bobby Colomby   Author
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Stew Romain   Engineer
Sarah Vaughan   Author
Creed Taylor   Producer
Grover Washington   Author
Bruce K. Taylor   Producer
Richard Alcorn   Cover Photo

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