11 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

SandyShore ,

SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW

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.

Dad Times Two ,

Fantastic new album from a classic jazzman

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.

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