On the latest album from the leading statesman of smooth jazz, Bob James takes a joy ride that shatters perceptions and re-energizes both the format and his music. Utilizing various producers and lineups (including all the members of Fourplay), Joy Ride jumps with the energy of creative rebirth, boosted by the huge success of his parallel career in Fourplay. Featured tracks: "Raise The Roof" (feat. Boney James), "It's Alright" (feat. Norman Brown) and "Take Me There." [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed CD and is manufactured on demand]
Adorned with contributions from roughly two dozen friends and guests, Joy Ride serves as a smooth-jazz group hug, and at its centre is pianist Bob James, exuding warmth and ample feel-good energy throughout this disc's 12 selections. Concluding his fourth decade as a recording artist, the ageless pianist surrounds himself with a new guest list on almost every track, and the diversified results are flavourful, predictable, and eminently satisfying for fans of the genre. James's rotating ensemble at times included guitarist Chuck Loeb (who also produced and helped write two cuts), Boney James (who glows on the album's lone sax-dominated tune, "Raise the Roof,"), Chris Botti, Lee Ritenour, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler and, well, on it goes. Name a musical flavour--urban, pop, funk, R&B, even faint traces of world music--and James stirs it into his stew for all seasons. --Terry Wood
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Intelligent smooth jazz. High fidelity sounds.
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