by FourplayFourplay


Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


As a unit, contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay has been together since 1991 with only one personnel change. That's saying a lot considering that as individuals, these four men -- pianist Bob James, drummer Harvey Mason, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Larry Carlton -- are all extremely busy as studio musicians and Fourplay is a side project for all of them. They've managed to record on an average of once every two years and even do some touring, without every sacrificing their chosen m.o. for working together or the quality of the music they produce. In all, they've been remarkably consistent. 2008's Energy is the ninth chapter in the Fourplay legacy, and it's almost exactly what you'd expect if you're a fan: high quality, great sounding, expertly performed smooth, groovy jazz played by masters of the genre. Seven instrumentals and three vocal cuts add a spoonful of pop to these proceedings. The obvious single here is "Prelude for Lovers" with guest vocalist Esperanza Spalding, which melds neo-soul melody and Caribbean rhythms; it's quietly sultry and its refrain contains a serious hook. East appears on two others, which are not so memorable but certainly work in the context of the easy grooves being laid down; in fact, his voice is almost an additional instrument. Other highlights on the set include the opener "Fortune Teller," written by James, Carlton's funky "Ultralight," and "Comfort Zone," with its backbone-slipping groove.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2008
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0053361314620
catalogNumber: 3146
Rank: 52250

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fourplay   Primary Artist
Bob James   Keyboards
Marcel East   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Harvey Mason   Drums,Group Member
Bob James & Creations   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Fourplay   Arranger,Producer
Kevin DiSimone   Composer
Marcel East   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nathan East   Composer
Ken Freeman   Producer,Engineer
Dave Love   Executive Producer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Jeff Babko   Composer
Robert Hoffman   Art Direction
Rick Wheeler   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Bob James & Creations   Producer,Vocal Producer
Bob James   Composer
Chris Allen   Vocal Engineer

Customer Reviews