Yes, Please

Yes, Please

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by Fourplay
     
 

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It's little surprise that Fourplay jell so well even though the nature of the group is transitory. Keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvie Mason are pro's pros when it comes to studio musicians; if these four aren't accustomed to finding a groove quickly and seamlessly in the recording studio, no one is. That oh-so-smooth… See more details below

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It's little surprise that Fourplay jell so well even though the nature of the group is transitory. Keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvie Mason are pro's pros when it comes to studio musicians; if these four aren't accustomed to finding a groove quickly and seamlessly in the recording studio, no one is. That oh-so-smooth groove is certainly in abundance on their fifth domestic album. The tunes are all catchy, providing ear-tickling melodies, slinky rhythms, and plenty of room for well-proportioned solos by James and Ritenour, two of the top instrumental voices in smooth jazz. East and Mason, for their parts, are the perfect rhythm section for the job, laying down an exceptionally solid foundation that allows the group to move and groove as well as they do. One of smooth jazz's shining lights of the 1990s, Fourplay still has plenty to say in our new century.

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All Music Guide - Brian Bartolini
There are certain "givens" when purchasing a Fourplay album. Smooth, non-threatening, pop and R&B-inflected, groovy contemporary jazz. Mainly instrumentals with at least one vocal track contributed by a big-name artist and one or more other tracks with added vocal flavorings, usually in the form of rhythmic chanting. A clean, slick recording that is both polished and crisp. Bob James (piano), Nathan East (bass), Larry Carlton (guitar), and Harvey Mason (drums) have made their programmatic approach an art form, copied by countless contemporary jazz artists and envied by rival A&R types hoping to sell as many records as has this talented quartet (with either Lee Ritenour or Larry Carlton in the guitar chair). With respect to the basic Fourplay program, Yes, Please! does not disappoint. Yet, this album is a touch softer than previous releases and significantly more seductive, thus living up to the "fourplay/foreplay" double entendre. "Robo Bop" pulses to the repeated motif sounded in East's bass. "Blues Force" is a smoky temptress, with Carlton's guitar adding to the drama. James' keyboard fills romance "Go With Your Heart." "A Little Fourplay" is carried by guest artist Sheree's sexy vocals, Mason's drums, and some added R&B electronic kick in the mix. Those looking to set an after-hours mood with the one they love will say "yes, please" to this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624769422
catalogNumber:
47694
Rank:
20405

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