The Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics

The Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics

by Bob James


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The Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2007
Label: Metro Music
UPC: 0698458700421
catalogNumber: 504
Rank: 30346

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,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
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   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
Anthony Sophos   Cello
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Steve Summer   Drums
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Manny Vardi Strings   Viola
Grover Washington   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
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Tom Mitchell   Trombone
Jerry Dodgion   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Sticks McElhiney   Drums
Tom Mitchell   Trombone
Donald Patterson   Bass
Albert Richmond   French Horn
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
Bob James   Arranger
Rod Temperton   Arranger,Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Tappan Zee   Producer

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