Friday, 9 March 2012

Bob James - BJ4 (1977)

When Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley penned the theme song, "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka, there was no way that they would envision having their song funkifized by Bob James. BJ4 was released in 1977 and peaked at #3 on the Bilboard top Jazz Albums. It was James' last record on CTI before he began releasing material on his own Tappan Zee label. If anything, just listen to the first track and you'll be hooked.

The album features Eric Gale on guitar, Gary King on bass, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, Hubert Laws on flute, Art Farmer on trumpet+flugelhorn and the legendary Steve Gadd on drums. Listen Gadd's syncopation and the resulting 'airiness' it has on the groove. It's not so much what he plays, but what he doesn't play that makes it so good.

It was recorded at Van Gelder Studios (gilded with reverb) and was produced by Creed Taylor (CreedTaylorInc).

Vinyl ripped @ 320kbps

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  2. This album (especially Pure Imagination) is so bangin! The drums are so dry! Love it. I'm literally going to listen to this while sailing on Puget Sound this afternoon.

  3. the links are all down but thanks

  4. the links are all down but thanks