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Guitarist Chuck Loeb's arrangements and playing throughout 2012’s Esprit de Four sound noticeably confident and relaxed. In the Loeb penned opener “December Dream” he segues between atmospheric arpeggios and nimble leads saturated in warm tones, providing a nice balance to Bob James’ wintry piano lines. Crisscrossing this interplay, Nathan East’s bass playing provides a handsome groove for drummer Harvey Mason’s sublime cymbal playing to sparkle over. Mason’s “Venus” finds Loeb exploring more space with freeform runs that never step on James’ romantic keyboard melodies. “Sonnymoon” picks up the pace with a near danceable funk (save for the heady and progressive arrangements), courtesy of Mason and East building a kinetic rhythm section that exercises both exquisite showmanship and a cool restraint that provides enough room for everyone to take a solo (or two). The album also features two versions of “Put Our Hearts Together;” the first an instrumental voyage and the second, featuring an arresting vocal performance by Seiko Matsuda.

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4Play never disappoints! I have been a fan for 20 years and can honestly say I love all of their music. No matter what mood I'm in, 4Play has the right tunes. LUV the album cover! Wish they would tour more...

They did it again!

What a fabulous jazz "supergroup"! For over 20 years they put out new music every 2 years. I have never been disappointed in anything they have EVER produced. What a smooth fusion sound they have. Great music for driving or just hanging around the house relaxing. Some of the most talented jazz musicians on the planet. If you don't own their music from the past 20 years it would be totally worth it to go back and listen to some of their music and purchase it. I buy their music the day it is released, without fail.


Glad to hear the group is back to a more organic, less synth/loop, sound with great interplay from all musicians. Nice job guys! Hope this type of vibe continues!


Formed: 1991

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

This all-star group -- comprised of keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvey Mason -- was formed in 1991 after the quartet came together on part of James' Grand Piano Canyon album. They have since recorded a number of CDs for Warner Bros. that have all been big sellers, not surprising considering the popularity of James and Ritenour. Larry Carlton took over the guitarist's spot in the late '90s, first appearing in Fourplay on the band's successful 1998...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 2012

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