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Bob James
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.


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All Artists: Bob James
Title: Two
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Castle Music UK
Release Date: 12/1/1997
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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"I Feel A Song In My Heart"
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was just talking on the phone to a very good friend of mine as we recall the music that we both loved in the '70s and '80s and still enjoy listening to this day. Bob James, whom we both watched at a live concert years ago, was one of the subjects of our conversation, and we both agreed that of all Bob James' recordings, "Bob James Two" is our top favorite. Likewise, we both agreed to JAZZIZ Magazine's 1997 Readers' Poll which voted Mr. James as the #1 Best Acoustic Pianist and #1 Best Jazz Composer. Our phone conversation prompted me to write this review.

I have loved the music of Mr. James ever since I heard the albums he collaborated with a gifted guitarist, Earl Klugh, on "One On One" and a follow-up "Two Of A Kind," which my friend and I both own in LP formats. This wonderful CD consists of six tracks (I wish there were more) superbly arranged and conducted by the very talented Mr. James himself, who also plays electric piano and organ magnificently.

The opening and one of the best tracks, "TAKE ME TO THE MARDI GRAS" was composed by another famous artist, Paul Simon, and it was a jazz staple in the '70s/'80s and everyone I know loves this dynamic tune. The mixed ensemble of various instruments blended perfectly in harmony to produce this awesome recording. I especially like the solo clarinet by Eddie Daniels as well as Eric Gale on guitar.

"I FEEL A SONG IN MY HEART" is a standout! This song has straight-to-the-point lyrics and sung by one of the finest divas in the jazz scene and my favorite jazz vocalist, Patti Austin. Hers is a kind of voice that is really meant to sing jazz/blues songs. Her interpretation is heartfelt and moving, not to mention the flawless arrangement. Some of my favorite songs that she recorded are "How Do You Keep The Music Playing," "Say You Love Me" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

Another highlight to me is the track that I never get tired listening to all these years.... "YOU'RE AS RIGHT AS RAIN," which was originally recorded by the Stylistics in the '70s. Remember the famous and best-loved Rhythm & Blues group back then? Their most notable songs are "You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart," "I'm Stone In Love With You," "Stop Look And Listen To Your Heart" and "You Are Everything."

The track that has a classical touch is "Farandole:"L' Arlesienne Suite No. 2." It was arranged and adapted from the great master Georges Bizet's composition. It features a fine jazz musician, Hubert Laws, on flute. The rest of the tracks are Bob James' original compositions "The Golden Apple" and a very remarkable tune, "Dream Journey."

Superb recording! Will never get tired listening to it especially "I Feel A Song In My Heart."
Something incredible to listen to....
Philip Eldring | Köln, Germany | 09/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the best Jazz music artists in history. Don't miss this great recording. Not only for "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" because of RUN-DMCs Peter Piper track but for the music in a whole. Especially the track "I feel a song (in my heart)" is something you should listen to. Also worth the money are One, Three, BJ4, Heads, Touchdown, Foxie (which includes the sample of "Guess Who's Back" by Rakim) and One on One featuring Earl Klugh. If you buy the a.m. albums you can hear HipHop samples en masse. Bob James is not only a jazzy genius on these albums but also a true inspiration for everyone who loves spankin' Jazz."
Bob is better...the second time around!
James R. Prater | Cleveland Tn. | 10/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Please forgive me if I use that song quote out of context, but it fits! Bob shines forth again in this, his second album for CTI. We kick things off with his renditon of Paul Simon's "Take Me To The Mardi Gras". The intense rhythm is supported by a gorgeous string arrangement. Patti Austin lends her vocal style to Bob's take on "I Feel A Song (In My Heart), originally done by Gladys Knight And The Pips. Next we have Bob's enigmatic masterpiece "The Golden Apple", with it's dizzying metric shifts and fleet solos. Bob gives us a funky take on Georges Bizet's "Farandole" which has it's basis in the French Christmas carol "Three Great Kings". Hubert Laws has two solo parts one on the acoustic flute, and one on the rare electric version. Bob's delicate sound is heard on his version of the Stylistics' "You're As Right As Rain". We close with the dreamy Latin groove of "Dream Journey" with it's punchy brass kicks. TWO is one of Bob James' truly great efforts, which no fan of his should be without!"