Bob James is one of the original smooth jazzers. He is a keyboardist, producer, composer and arranger, has collaborated with a number of artists, including Stanley Turrentine, David Sanborn, and Earl Klugh, and is one of the founding members of Fourplay. His music has also been sampled on a number of hip-hop records; whosampled.com informs us that “Nautilus,” from his first album, 1974’s One, has been sampled 32 times, while his song “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” (our second selection today), from his second album, 1975’s Two, has been sampled on 43 different recordings. Fans of the late-’70’s television show Taxi will no doubt recognize our first selection, “Angela,” from 1978’s Touchdown, as the show’s theme song.
Bob’s full discography can be found on his website, which as of this writing shows a further collaboration with David Sanborn, Quartette Humaine, a tribute to the late Dave Brubeck. Many of his songs and collaborations are available on YouTube. Enjoy!