Saturday, 4 April 2009

Bob James - The Very Best Of Bob James (Union Square)

Bob James is a masterful jazz composer, whose early material has been mercilessly lifted by sample hungry producers. Here, many of his finest musical pieces have been collected together to be enjoyed in their full glory. As comfortable making slick groovers as pensive numbers and glittery orchestrated episodes, James makes music easy on the ears and mind. The premier disc on this two disc set focuses on his earlier material and is the best of the pair. It features winners such as the touching Feel Like Makin’ Love and the magnificent Westchester Lady. There are still some gems on the second CD, such as the thrilling brass laced Thoroughbred and an electrifying live version of Touchdown. For those who only know James’s work as a sample source, this is a welcome education.

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