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Bob James

Bob James' recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set. He actually started out in music going in a much different direction. In 1962, James recorded a bop-ish trio set for Mercury, and three years later his album for ESP was quite avant-garde, with electronic tapes used for effects. After a period with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio musician, and by 1973 was arranging and working as a producer for CTI. In 1974, James recorded his first purely commercial effort as a leader; he later made big-selling albums for his own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collaborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. James remains relatively busy in the studio and since 2000 has released several albums including Dancing on the Water in 2001, That Steamin' Feelin' in 2002, Hi-Fi in 2003, and Urban Flamingo in 2006, among others. In 2011, James paired with pianist Keiko Matsui for Altair & Vega. Two years later, he delivered his second collaboration with saxophonist David Sanborn, 2013's Quartette Humaine. ~ Scott Yanow
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Had the honor of watching him and the late, great Grover Washington Jr perform at Red Rocks. Classic!
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Westchester Soul BBQ.
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I think it's safe to say this bio lacks quite a few important points about Bob James. Most people flocked to Touchdown because of the hit Taxi from the TV series. Even though One had been out and was quite successful. His collaboratio n s with Kirk Whalum, Fourplay, Alexander Zonjic should all be mentioned. A very humble person and if you ever get the chance to talk to him, please do so.
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heatfanalex
Love this joint and being from Westchester, Fla.(small town suburbs of Miami) makes it even better! Love how real hip hop artist have sampled Bob James in their music.
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jruff61
There can only be one ...BOB JAMES
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Wow,!! you still got it .I "absolutely Love this track I'm CHILLING tonight
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Bob James - Wow!! Sir, you are THE essence of everything that became jazz to my father and then, to me, since I was 12, with "One," and "Night on Bald Mountain." Forty Bob James-kissed years since, I remain a faithful fan! Your artistry will become favorite of generations to come - A rare gift, indeed! Thank you!!
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Touchdown !!! One of my favorites from Bob James!!!
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Caribbean Nights!! Woo!! Love it!!
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Awesome....k e e p i n g it real!
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Alfoti1940
A true keyboard artist in every sense of the word!
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ALL I CAN SAY MORNING NOON AND NIGHT WITH BOB JAMES. DEBORAH..... . . . . . M
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This song was ahead of it's time, this is one of smooth jazz all time hits, it receives air time for a number of years, even to this day, I still enjoy the sound of the music, a crisp, lively beat, timeless
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Legend should be listed somewhere in the biography. Dude is amazing. Bio does not do him justice.
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What happened to Hillary James
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smooothake
Came home with Feel Like Making Love by Bob James and was told to give it a rest until it was determined that it was an album name not my official desire
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Dazzling!
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When shopping for an audio system in the '70s, the salesperson used Heads / Night Crawler as a demo tune and sold me a system. More importantly, he sold me on Bob James. Been a constant fan since then. Always top drawer, especially in his choice of collaborator s .
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Simply got it goin on love ya Bro!!!
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This cat, along with all of his collaborater s , have always been rock solid!
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what happened to bob james 3 which catapoled as well as a staple in comercially astute and professional y acculades in music...DLLs r o f A t l . G a .
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Just plain and simple 40 plus years and still getting better
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It's late October/got Bob James on my smart phone/stuck in Hawaii/ sweet!
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I cannot believe that Bob James's contribution to the hip-hop genre was not mentioned in his bio. He is certainly one of the most sampled artists in hip-hop history. That is definitely noteworthy, to say the least.
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I'm sorry but didn't Bob James and Janet Jackson collaborate on a toon called (Making Love in the Rain)?
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Bob...you are definitely smooth. Taking it back!!!
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Bob james3,4&coo l with Earl klugh simply COOL!!!
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Being from NY...& specifically , Westchester; to me, Bob James really defined the sounds of this area during the 70's & early 80's--with stuff like this tune, & Angela's theme (theme from 'Taxi'), etc...the incredible lush strings against (with) the keyboards & rhythm! They just don't make music like this anymore....( r e : 'Westchester Lady')
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Trevor Gordon,
30 years ago

To put it in a nut shell, Bob james is the best, he is second to none,
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I first heard Bob James theme song from tv show Taxi and I have found a lot of his music, jazzy, innovative and down-right rhythmatic. Makes me want to dance and at least tap my foot and/or tap out the beat with my fingers!
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The first time I remember hearing Bob James was on (WHUR) Howard University Radio during their early years, the song was Feel Like Making Love on the Bob James One album and I was sold. I have never stopped listening to the guy, and he still sounds great.
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Bob James....He just has this super rhythmic beat. I've been into him since BJ2. I just love that era of jazz with Her big Hancock's Chameleon, Eric Gale's Ginseng Woman, Grover Washington's , Mr Magic, Lonnie Liston Smith's Expansion, etc. There is just something about that whole sound that still gets to my soul. Since then, Bob just continues to put out great music that resonates with me and I always look forward to his new adventures!
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I loved his Bob James (3) or Three, this is another music monster.
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He began in my world in 1977, while in college. The cool, rich kid from So. Cal had his albums. I listened and loved the sound.
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Me. Bob James can play anything for me he's the best
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That's a week bio for a guy who is a legend in jazz. He's amazing!
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Let me tell you something,th i s cat can flat out write music..From Farandole in BJ2 to BJ4,Heads;Re s t l e s s , H , c o l l a b o r a t i o n s with Earl Klugh,David Sanborn,Bone y James,Steve Gadd and Mr Grover,then Fourplay.I am blown away.Thanks BJ.
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Wow...lots of great comments. Love Bob James stuff! Since I got Touchdown in the 80's. So melodic...
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MN,N is esay listenin... ;-)
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First time hearing this was back in 1978 riding too work at M&M gro st nite crew brother driving was Emmett s.
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THE MASTER WE CALL HIM BJ never a bad song or album.
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TRUE JAZZ. Almost as good as Grover Washington, Jr!!!
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NO ONE except the late Grover Washington Jr. defines Smooth Jazz better. NO ONE!
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as we call him BJ SMOOTH like fine whiskey one of the best
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It was sacrilege to discover the name Bob James is famous for a tyre mart in Australia! Unmistakable sound since the 70's and a jazz keyboard icon.
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A pure genius at what he produces, the very best
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My mother friend got me hook on Boney James
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lwilliams180 9
Bob James' music helped me through college and got me interested in the Piano... I've been in love with Jazz ever since... When are you coming to Dallas, TX. Bob :) it would be a sell out.. :)
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lwilliams180 9
I fell in love with Bob James' music back in the day - Bob James and David Sanborn - Maputo... Bob James is a Great Pianist and Dave's a great Saxophonist
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