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For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings—six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s

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Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bob James: Piano Player

Read "Bob James: Piano Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

In a career that spans about five decades, Bob James has made an impact on a variety of musical genres. His roots are in jazz, but he has run the gamut from playing avant-garde jazz on the outer fringes--which he was doing when discovered by Quincy Jones--to composing and arranging for a variety of people in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz Funk Soul (Loeb, Harp & Lorber): More Serious Business

Read "More Serious Business" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Let's get two things out of the way first. First thing is Jazz Funk Soul is an awful name for a band. It sounds like the way records were categorized in a record store back in the Dark Ages when such things as record stores existed. Second thing is the second Jazz Funk Soul joint, More ...

Silver

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2015
Track listing: Quicksilver; Horace; Sterling; Silver Lining; Silverado; Mine; Silver Streak; Precious Metal; Aniversario; Windmill

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fourplay: Silver

Read "Silver" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Any band in any genre of music, be it rock, country, classical or jazz can't make it two and a half decades based solely on pure dumb luck. Fourplay defied the critics who dismissed them as pop schlock when they debuted in 1991 and shook off the haters who never thought they would still be here ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Marienthal and Chuck Loeb: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

What happens when the guy manning the guitar seat in Fourplay meets up with the erstwhile sax guy for the Jeff Lorber Fusion? More than what you might expect. In fact, Eric Marienthal (the sax guy) and Chuck Loeb (the guitar guy) both defy and go beyond expectations on the surprisingly eclectic and entertaining Bridges. Marienthal ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Catching Up With Nathan East

Catching Up With Nathan East

Nathan East is one of the world’s premiere session musicians. He’s perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bassist, but that’s also Nathan East on Michael Jackson’s Bad and Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album. Of course he’s a founding member of the highly successful jazz group Fourplay. Some of his other credits include: Anita Baker, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013

Read "2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz FestivalOttawa, CanadaJune 20-July 1, 2013Having made the decision, in 2012, to broaden its stylistic purview to include not only music on the periphery of jazz, but artists with no real connection to the founding raison d'être of the festival, the 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival continued to bring extracurricular music ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

Larry Carlton & Robben Ford "Unplugged"

The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible - and long awaited - pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists... one stage unplugged... a guitar lover’s dream! This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of ...


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