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The career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins. In 1974, James finally recorded his own album, One, which launched a lifelong career of recording and performing live

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Hope for Tomorrow (featuring Bob James)

Label: Innervision Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Hope for Tomorrow (featuring Bob James)

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Lookin' Up

Label: Innervision Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Lookin' Up, 2. Hope For Tomorrow (feat. Bob James) [radio single], 3. Sharon's Groove, 4. Eleanor Rigby, 5. As Long As I'm With You, 6. The J Factor, 7. What a Friend, 8. How Do I Live?, 9. Joyful Dance (for Leona), 10. Hope For Tomorrow (feat. Bob James)

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News: Music Industry

Christian De Mesones Releases ‘Hispanica (Instrumental)’ Featuring Bob James

Christian De Mesones Releases ‘Hispanica (Instrumental)’ Featuring Bob James

“Hispanica (instrumental)”, the new single from bassist, composer and band leader Christian de Mesones, is now available for streaming and purchase on all major music platforms and on the artist’s website. de Mesones’ latest creation is a vibrant, soulful, Latin-flavored contemporary jazz gem that prominently features legendary jazz pianist Bob James, who appears courtesy of Tappan ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Les Brown, Jerry Bergonzi & Eddie Daniels

Read "Les Brown, Jerry Bergonzi & Eddie Daniels" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 698th Episode of Neon Jazz kicks off with a veteran musician that has delighted fans for decades; Eddie Daniels joined by an impressive line up including Dave Grusin and Bob James with new music from 2020 release Night Kisses. From there, we take a trip to Cuba with Harold-López-Nussa and the Cuban Jazz Combo. This ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Article: Album Review

The Justin Rothberg Group: Hurricane Mouse

Read "Hurricane Mouse" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Justin Rothberg Group is a quintet led by the versatile New York-based guitarist who wrote eleven of the dozen numbers on the group's third CD, a diverse enterprise that covers a lot of ground, from funk, fusion and blues to rock, R&B and occasional mainstream jazz. Funk is the groove in which Rothberg's sometimes abrasive ...

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Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Serenata; Once Upon A Time; Lateef Minor 7th; Variations; Airegin; Indian Summer; Solar; Long Forgotten Blues.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

Read "Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Ranier: This Way

Read "This Way" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The versatile multi-instrumentalist Tom Ranier has enjoyed a busy career, playing pop styles, electronic music and jazz. Prolific as a collaborator—Terry Gibbs, George Coleman, Placido Domingo—he also boasts a grounding in classical music. This Way features Rainier playing mostly his own compositions on piano, synthesizers, saxophones and clarinets, with some help from his friends, guitarist Thom ...


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