Take It from the Top

Take It from the Top

by Bob James Trio

CD

Overview

Bob James has been involved in smooth jazz for so many decades now that it’s all but forgotten that he began his career as a mainstream jazz musician playing acoustic piano. On Take It from the Top, James returns to his roots with crackling results. Working with two exceptional sidemen -- bassist James Genus and drummer Billy Kilson -- James devotes the album to tributes to pianists that influenced him. He deliberately avoids playing in any of their particular styles, though, letting song selection act as the salute. James, let it be said, has fine taste: Among the pianists he tips a hat to are Red Garland, Nat King Cole, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. And James’s own technique shows no signs of disuse. He swings, has a fine feeling for dynamics, and is a handy arranger, adding appropriately funky grooves or, as in the case of “Downtown” (a tribute to Glen Gould; read the liner notes for further elucidation) imaginatively reconstructing the tune itself. James may very well return to smooth jazz with future recordings, but it's nice to know that he’s still got the swing within.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923951926
catalogNumber: 9519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob James Trio   Primary Artist
Bob James   Piano
James Genus   Bass
Billy Kilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bob James   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Art
John Lewis   Composer
Mal Waldron   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Walter Gross   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
David Kuhn   Engineer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Nat Simon   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Buddy Bernier   Composer
David Kuhn   Engineer

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