Two For Tuesday: Bob James

(Note: I had intended on doing Bob James today, then discovered I had already featured him here all the way back in 2013, when this blog was just a baby. It needed an update.)

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. He’s possibly best known for “Angela,” which was the theme song from the late-’70’s TV show Taxi.

Our first selection today is “Nautilus,” from his first album One (1974). The website WhoSampled.com tells us that it’s been sampled 312 times in hip-hop records.

“Take Me To The Mardi Gras” is from Bob’s second album, Two (1975). It has also been sampled frequently, 425 times.

Bob’s full discography can be found on his website, and his most recent album, Espresso, was released this past August. Many of his songs and collaborations are available on YouTube.

Bob James, your Two For Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

9 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Bob James

  1. Really enjoyed hearing the theme from Taxi again. Just great! On another subject, while I was listening to the Taxi theme I happened to notice a YouTube offering called Old Movie Stars Dance to Funk. Really entertaining!

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  2. I just watched an episode of Taxi and I forgot how funny it was. I know that theme well and this is one musician I could listen to while having a glass of wine. It is soothing but keeps my interest and is not dull.

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    1. This is the kind of music that’s good to drink wine to. 🙂 Seriously, Bob James is one of the originals, and one of the best. His work with Fourplay is outstanding, too.

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