This recording is going to surprise - perhaps shock - a great many people who think they already know the music of Bob James. After all, isn’t James the de facto godfather of smooth jazz? The multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and arranger who found fame and fortune in the 1970s and ‘80s by crafting an audience-friendly fusion of light jazz, pop, sweetened funk and smooth R&B? The founder of the best-selling crossover band Fourplay? The composer of the hit theme to the sitcom Taxi, whose ear-warm melody played on recorder and electric piano was all over the airwaves in 1979-80? This arresting trio album is comprised of two previously unreleased studio dates. It is James at 25 with one foot in the post-bop vanguard and one foot in the avant-garde. Are these tracks really by the same pianist who wrote the Taxi theme? You bet they are.
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【Bob James, The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions／Bob James／ハイレゾ】