11 Songs, 58 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

A taste of the Devine.........


He’s done it again..... arrestingly gorgeous; and with Billy Kilson, Wow

Fantastic new album from a classic jazzman

Dad Times Two

What a pleasure this album is. James succeeds on every level, from his superb keyboard work (with an emphasis on beautifully performed piano solos), to the song choices and arrangements, to the tight ensemble of musicians he assembled to accompany him, to the quality of the recording. Every song has something unique and enjoyable to offer. (I’m listening to the thrilling drum solo in “Mister Magic” as I type this.) This is a very accomplished work - a modern jazz classic from a classic jazzman.



Twenty seven years after co-founding Fourplay, legendary Grammy winning keyboardist/composer and contemporary jazz innovator Bob James’ ESPRESSO album marks a triumphant return to his solo career after 12 years working with David Sanborn, Keiko Matsui and others. Ensembling with his powerhouse trio of Michael Palazzolo (bass) and Billy Kilson (drums), this vibrant, eclectic, deeply percussive set focuses on James’ mastery of Smooth Jazz, straight-ahead, light funk, free-form improvisation, swing and other jazz-related styles. Driven by his deep chemistry with the trio, James’ stylistically liberating vibe extends to wild re-imaginings of Grover Washington, Jr. and Fats Waller classics.

About Bob James

Bob James' recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set. He actually started out in music going in a much different direction. In 1962, James recorded a bop-ish trio set for Mercury, and three years later his album for ESP was quite avant-garde, with electronic tapes used for effects. After a period with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio musician, and by 1973 was arranging and working as a producer for CTI. In 1974, James recorded his first purely commercial effort as a leader; he later made big-selling albums for his own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collaborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. James remains relatively busy in the studio and since 2000 has released several albums including Dancing on the Water in 2001, That Steamin' Feelin' in 2002, Hi-Fi in 2003, and Urban Flamingo in 2006, among others. In 2011, he joined pianist Keiko Matsui for Altair & Vega. Two years later, he delivered his second collaboration with saxophonist David Sanborn, 2013's Quartette Humaine. In 2015, James paired with bassist Nathan East on the laid-back studio-session, The New Cool. ~ Scott Yanow

Marshall, MO
December 25, 1939