Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Less instrusive than real jazz but more energetic than new age, simply constructed but exquisitely performed, James' pop confections are the perfect background music. On this album, James favors acoustic piano over synthes... more »
Less instrusive than real jazz but more energetic than new age, simply constructed but exquisitely performed, James' pop confections are the perfect background music. On this album, James favors acoustic piano over synthesizers (though he uses both) and he employs a shifting cast of supporting musicians. His daughter Hillary James is the sweet-voiced if predictable lead singer on the wispy ballad, "Storm Warning." She joins Luther Vandross for the harmony vocals buried in the mix on "Under Me." Michael Brecker plays strong but simplistic tenor sax lines on that and two other songs. Titles like "Lotus Leaves," "Back to Bali" and "Awaken Us to the Blue" are meant to conjure up a certain romanticism, but they seem no more exotic than airline ads on TV. --Geoffrey Himes
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Bob James comes through again
David Susnjara | 02/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jazz fusion keyboard player Bob James took time out from his collaboration with jazz supergroup Fourplay members Lee Ritenour, Nathan East and Harvey Mason to release his first solo album in five years. Many ears only know James as the author of "Angela," more commonly known as the theme song from the classic TV sitcom "Taxi." While that composition is a classic in its own right, there are plenty more sides to this man's talents. RESTLESS does tend to offer up some radio-friendly, more commercial moments for the likes of jazz fusion "the wave" radio stations, but this album is still a well done, very pleasurable listening experience."
Soothing, and that's not a bad thing!
James R. Prater | Cleveland Tn. | 10/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Still it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface! The ten selections on this CD display Bob James' many musical facets. "Lotus Leaves" is a fluid number, featuring Bob in the company of Nathan East and Max Risenhoover. "Under Me" is a jaunty number featuring Luther Vandross and Lisa Fischer. The title song showcases sax phenom Andy Snitzer. Some serious funk here! The enigmatic "Kissing Cross" features guitarist Fareed Haque and longtime collaborator Ron Carter on bass. The big hit here is "Storm Warning" featuring Bob's daughter Hilary on lead vocals. Next follows the lusty "Animal Dreams". "We go "Back To Bali" next with Bob and Haque once again. Michael Brecker lends a hand on the bouncy "Into The Light", one of my personal favorites. The mood quiets down a bit on "Serenissima", a piece which resembles a melody by Tchaikovsky in its beginning. Closing is the bright "Awaken Us To The Blue". RESTLESS is the perfect alternative to the hum-drum of smooth jazz."
Wallace F. Brown | Oceanside, Cailfornia | 03/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD by Bob is great it reminds me of his earlier stuff. And with Nathan East on Bass Guitar how can one go wrong. Michael Brecker stands out on this CD as well as Ron Carter. I can asure you that you will want this for your Bob James collection. I can now add this to everything he has done. Can't wait for the next one."