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Restoration: The Best of Bob James
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Pianist-composer Bob James has been a mainstay on the contemporary jazz scene from the early '70s to today. His bell-like electric piano sound made him a radio favorite and a Grammy Award winner. This two-CD set contains J... more »
Pianist-composer Bob James has been a mainstay on the contemporary jazz scene from the early '70s to today. His bell-like electric piano sound made him a radio favorite and a Grammy Award winner. This two-CD set contains James's greatest hits. There are the hip-hop sampled, snappy CTI label smashes like "Nautilus" and "Westchester Lady," as well as the plaintive "Touchdown" and the popular "Angela (The Theme from Taxi)" from his Columbia Records days. But there's also "Hockney" and the classical work, "Farandole," which showcase his beautiful acoustic jazz piano sound and his overlooked arranging skills. This compendium includes a multitude of sideman and collaborators, including Hubert Laws, Jon Faddis, Earl Klugh, Ron Carter, and David Sanborn. "Brighton by the Sea" with Grover Washington Jr. (originally appearing on James's H album), is rhythmically revamped with a zesty 21st-century drum & bass remix, showing that the music of Bob James is melodic, moving, and modern. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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Member CD Reviews
Donna P. from SPRINGFIELD, OR
Reviewed on 4/5/2010...
Nice piano, relaxing but not dull. Other artists make great contributions but not over powering James.
Finally a Compilation for the Great Man! Great Sound!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 12/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to confess that I only really got this disc because I loved "Angela-The Theme From Taxi" and so I didn't really want to get everything the man has ever done and so I waited and searched high and low for a cd like this and my prayers were answered! Not only did I finally get the track but I was very impressed by the other tracks on the 2 discs. Great smooth jazz and although no mention of any remastering is made clearly on the disc, I have to say that the sound quality is amazing! I've heard many "remastered" discs that are blatant misrepresentations and only a very few that are clear improvements over the original but this disc sounds a lot better than even many of those! For the lover of smooth jazz and those who want to get a great truly representative best of compilation of the man but not get all the albums, this is the best version that's currently out there and I think the only one really. Highly recommended."
Essential recordings of a recent past!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 05/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
Bob James will be reminded as one of the most remarkable innovators of the new sounds of jazz and ture herald of what we commonly denominate as smooth jazz. His sense of the musicality and extraordinary talent made of him a pathfinder. His musical colleagues such Earl Klugh or David Sanborn have been launched by this driving force, an anthological legend named Bob James.
This set is a fundamental compilation of his best works, with first - rate sound.