Since the quartet Fourplay released its first CD in 1991, it has become known as a solid, if rather uninspiring, smooth jazz band, playing mostly R&B-flavored pop while incorporating minimal jazz content.
This session, recorded for a brand new label, may surprise their longtime fans, as they've gotten a little more adventurous with their choice of material, though guest vocalist Clay Aiken isn't that far from their mold. Keyboardist Bob James composed three of the tracks, with two each from guitarist Larry Carlton and bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason penning "E. D. Blues."
The set list is sort of a suite, representing a single guy heading out on the town for the night looking for companionship. James' "Night on the Prowl" has an urban swagger, while Carlton's tender ballad "Do You, Miss September" will appeal to female listeners, especially with Aiken's vocal. What is particularly amusing is the way the CD ends, with instrumental versions of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Frank Zappa's "Ms. Pinky."
Track Listing: Night on the Prowl; Lady's Night; Do You Come Here Often?; Dance the Night Away, Do You, Miss September?; Slip Into Something Comfortable; E. D. Blues; Alone Again (Naturally); Ms. Pinky.
Personnel: Bob James: keyboards; Larry Carlton: electric guitar; Nathan East: electric bass; Harvey Mason: drums; Clay Aiken: vocals (Do You, Miss September?).
I love jazz because I am a singer and jazz inspires me.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a baby. I grew up in a a musical family.
The best show I ever attended was Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo in Rio de janeiro, and Youn Sun Nah at the Vancouver
Jazz festival in 2010.
The first jazz record I bought was Sarah Vaughan.
My advice to new listeners is keep your ears and heart opened for good music.