Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bob James - One

Year : 1974
Label : CTI
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

First of four series album recorded for CTI  between 1974-1977, by pianist and arranger Bob James, nicknamed the "Godfather of the Smooth Jazz". Bob James plays with a large ensemble of musicians featuring Gary King, Idris Muhammad & Grover Washington Jr., all surrounded by strings section. After a period as sideman for Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became one of favorites studio musician for the Creed Taylor's new label, during the decade 1970, where he played a major role in turning Fusion Jazz as producer and arranger. Titles include Valley Of The Shadow & Soulero featuring guest saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., the Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain and Nautilus (sampled by Run-D.M.C. for Beats to the Rhyme & Ghostface Killah for Daytona 500). Produced by Creed Taylor, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder studio, arranged & conducted by Bob James.

Bob James_keyboards
Gary King_bass
Richie Resnicoff_guitar
Idris Muhammad & Steve Gadd_drums
Ralph McDonald_percussion
Grover Whashington Jr._soprano saxophone

And More...

01. Valley Of The Shadows                        
02. In The Garden
03. Soulero
04. Night On Bald Mountain
05. Feel Like Making Love
06. Nautilus

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