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Bob James & David Sanborn - Quartette Humaine (2013)

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Bob James & David Sanborn - Quartette Humaine (2013)

Bob James & David Sanborn - Quartette Humaine (2013)
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 359MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 143MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Fusion

One of the first releases on the resurrected Okeh Records imprint, 2013's Quartette Humaine features pianist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn performing a set of mostly original songs that walk the line between funky contemporary jazz and more thoughtful post-bop. It’s also the first collaboration between the two giants of contemporary jazz since their 1986 Grammy Award-winning album Double Vision. However, rather than revisit that album's funk and smooth jazz leanings, here James and Sanborn summon the spirit of the legendary Dave Brubeck quartet featuring saxophonist Paul Desmond. While they don’t play any Brubeck songs, the album was recorded with Brubeck's adventurous, often challenging acoustic jazz spirit in mind.

Bob James - The Genie (1983) {KOCH 9937}

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Bob James - The Genie (1983) {KOCH 9937}

Bob James - The Genie (1983) {KOCH 9937}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 300dpi | 176MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 91MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Smooth Jazz

Of all the things Bob James has done over the years, he remains best known for composing "Angela (Theme From Taxi)." That likable tune was first released on 1979's Touchdown, and it was recorded again for this 1983 release, which focuses mainly on background music he wrote for the popular television comedy. Dull background music had been James' forte since the mid-1970s, and in that sense, The Genie isn't out of the ordinary for him. "Angela" is the only tune on the CD that's memorable; one could listen to The Genie several times and still have a hard time remembering any of the melodies except "Angela." The Genie enjoyed airplay on some stations that claimed to be jazz-oriented, but truth be told, selections like "Night Moods" and "Groove for Julie" are really instrumental pop with slight jazz overtones. Of course, whether The Genie should be called jazz or pop isn't the thing that matters the most. The bottom line is that most of the material is neither interesting nor stimulating.

Bob James - Take It From The Top (2004) {KOCH 9519}

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Bob James - Take It From The Top (2004) {KOCH 9519}

Bob James Trio - Take It From The Top (2004) {KOCH 9519}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 600dpi | 332 MB + 3% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 142MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Bob James, who for many years has gained fame and fortune for his commercial pop/jazz crossover sets, on this set returns to his roots in straight-ahead jazz. James is showcased in a trio with bassist James Genus and drummer Billy Kilson, paying tribute to some of his favorite pianists. James' interpretations of nine standards are not necessarily in the style of the pianists, but there are moments when he consciously quotes one of their phrases, including putting a phrase from "Mona Lisa" in "Straighten Up and Fly Right" for Nat King Cole. Along the way he also pays homage to Red Garland, Glenn Gould (the classical pianist liked "Downtown" ), Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner (his version of "Caravan" ), Mal Waldron, and John Lewis. It is to Bob James' credit that he still sounds so natural playing this bop-oriented music; this is one of the most rewarding playing dates of his recording career.

Bob James - Straight Up (1996) {WB 45956}

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Bob James - Straight Up (1996) {WB 45956}

Bob James Trio - Straight Up (1996) {WB 45956}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 300dpi | 312MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 134MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Post-Bop

This record is an unexpected treat. Bob James has had a lucrative career writing and playing crossover jazz/pop. Although he had actually started his career with a straight-ahead trio date for Mercury in 1962 and also led a bizarre avant-garde session for ESP in 1965, his career since 1974 has offered very little of interest to consumers who prefer to hear inventive jazz as opposed to pleasant background music. But for this session, James returned to the roots few knew he had. Playing in an acoustic trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, James contributes five straightforward originals in addition to the standard "Lost April," and interprets tunes by Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, Horace Silver ("The Jody Grind"), and Denny Zeitlin. While not hinting at all at his usual pop material, James plays quite well, takes plenty of chances, and sounds influenced a bit by Bill Evans. With McBride and Blade contributing consistently stimulating interplay, Bob James has recorded what is certainly the finest jazz album of his career.

Bob James - Sign Of The Times (1981) {Columbia/KOCH} [Re-Up]

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Bob James - Sign Of The Times (1981) {Columbia/KOCH} [Re-Up]

Bob James - Sign Of The Times (1981) {Columbia/KOCH}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 194MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 89MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz

For his ninth contemporary jazz release, Bob James brings in the multitalented Rod Temperton, and an all-star vocal cast including Patti Austin, Lani Groves, Major Holley, Luther Vandross, and many others for what only can be described as pure musical magic. The macabre "Hypnotique" with its unintelligible vocals is the ultimate "daytime nightmare". The tempo picks up on the funky "The Steamin' Feeling". We are transported to magical lands with the dreamy "Enchanted Forest". Spyro Gyra frontman Jay Beckenstein shows his stuff on "Unicorn". Bob shows amazing dexterity on both the acoustic piano and Oberheim polyphonic synth. The title song features the vocal cast, as well as some interesting sound effects by Tabby Andriello.

Bob James - Restless (1994) [Repost]

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Bob James - Restless (1994) [Repost]

Bob James - Restless (1994)
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 337MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Smooth Jazz

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.

Bob James - Playin' Hooky (1997) {Warner} [Repost]

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Bob James - Playin' Hooky (1997) {Warner} [Repost]

Bob James - Playin' Hooky (1997) {Warner}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 324MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 133MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz

Bob James was putting the "smooth" into "jazz" long before it was an official format, and as an elder statesman, the keyboardist continues to be one of the most consistent slow groove crowd-pleasers around. But some of the most inspired moments of his career have come from key collaborations with peers from his generation like David Sanborn and Earl Klugh. While never straying far from the melodic, pleasant sort of cool he's best known for, on Playin' Hooky, James duets on various tunes with some of the new kids on the charts, from classical guitarist Fareed Haque to trumpeter Rick Braun and the increasingly ubiquitous saxman Boney James (no relation).

Bob James - One, Two, Three & BJ4 (2003) [2CDs] {CTI/Metro}

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Bob James - One, Two, Three & BJ4 (2003) [2CDs] {CTI/Metro}

Bob James - One, Two, Three & BJ4 (2003) [2CDs] {CTI/Metro}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 852MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 333MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz

An entry within Metro Doubles series, One, Two, Three & BJ4: The Legendary Albums is a two-CD set containing Bob James' first four albums, presented in chronological order. The set is a good way to pick up these four James' discs – not only is it a convenient, concise way to get the records, but they're presented well with good liner notes, including track-by-track commentary by Chris Ingham.

Bob James - Angels Of Shanghai (2006) [Repost]

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Bob James - Angels Of Shanghai (2006) [Repost]

Bob James - Angels Of Shanghai (2006)
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 337MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 170MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Ethnic Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Legendary jazz artist Bob James presents his newest project, featuring Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Jack Lee and Lewis Pragasam. A unique East meets West musical exploration - contemporary jazz artists interacting with young musicians from Shanghai performing on traditional Chinese instruments. Ancient sounds blend with modern technology and creativity to produce an experience with no boundaries.

Bob James - All Around The Town (1981) [2CD's]

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Bob James - All Around The Town (1981) [2CD's]

Bob James - All Around The Town (1981) [2CD's]
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 411MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 166MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Over four days in December of 1979, pianist Bob James assembled three different bands to play (and record) at three legendary venues in New York City to showcase his own diversity as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. The Bottom Line, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall, all offered different aspects of James' approach to jazz and popular music. The Bottom Line band is a smooth and funky sextet that includes saxophonists Wilbert Longmire and Mark Colby, James, drummer Idris Muhammad, bassist Gary King, and guitarist Hiram Bullock.

Bob James - Obsession (1986) {Warner} [Repost]

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Bob James - Obsession (1986) {Warner} [Repost]

Bob James - Obsession (1986) {Warner}
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MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 107MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz Funk

As usual, Bob James is joined by an all-star cast on this 1986 release. Steve Khan, Marcus Miller, Randy and Michael Brecker, saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Kirk Whalum, Jon Faddis, and vocalist Lisa Fischer all lend their talents to this R&B flavored recording. The seven tracks blend smoothly together, delivering something approaching the more packaged and produced '90s Bob James sound.

Bob James / Keiko Matsui - Altair & Vega (2011) {Tappan Zee}

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Bob James / Keiko Matsui - Altair & Vega (2011) {Tappan Zee}

Bob James / Keiko Matsui - Altair & Vega (2011) {Tappan Zee}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U+MD5 | Full Scans 300dpi | 203MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 142MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Classical, New Age

Bob James and Keiko Matsui's Altair & Vega is a solo piano album performed by a duo, and for the most part, that means what it sounds like, two jazz pianists seated together at one keyboard playing four-handed parts. On the James-composed title track (which refers to two stars that pass each other only once a year), previously recorded and released on the 2001 James album Dancing on the Water, Matsui takes the upper part of the piano and James the lower part in a piece that sounds more new age than jazz.

VA - White Christmas (1993) {Charly} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - White Christmas (1993) {Charly} **[RE-UP]**

VA - White Christmas (1993) {Charly}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 182 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 135 mb
Genre: Christmas, pop jazz, vocal jazz, classical, jazz

The Charly label released a compilation CD of Christmas music in 1993 called White Christmas. Some of the people featured include Bing Crosby, Vera Lynn, Fats Waller, and Benny Goodman.

VA - All-Star Merry Christmas (1992) {LaserLight} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - All-Star Merry Christmas (1992) {LaserLight} **[RE-UP]**

VA - All-Star Merry Christmas (1992) {LaserLight}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 157 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 74 mb
Genre: Christmas, jazz, pop

All-Star Merry Christmas is a Christmas compilation CD featuring two songs each from Jack Jones, Patti Page, Vic Damone, Joe Williams, and actress Diahann Carroll. This was released by LaserLight in 1992.

Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)

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Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)

Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)
with Metropole Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Rogier van Otterloo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Polydor | # 831 254-2 | 00:43:48

Rita Reys was long ago billed as "Europe's First Lady of Jazz." A legend overseas, Reys was one of the top jazz singers in Europe from the mid-'50s to the turn of the millennium. In 1986, Rita recorded the Christmas album Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with the Pim Jacobs Trio and the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Rogier van Otterloo.