The band “Fourplay” (Bob James, Nathan East, Larry Carlton, Harvey Mason) have been King’s of the smooth jazz scene as long as it has existed with a career spanning 15 years and 10 albums releases. In fact, many credit Fourplay with the birth of smooth-jazz.
This album is expertly assembled and recorded. The production is top notch. The playing is precise and unpretentious. Nathan is a joy to listen to as his pocket is so deep, yet restrained. East seems a master of making the track really happen while not playing in a way that really makes his presence overwhelming. (As one who has recorded on a few “smooth” albums myself, I can attest to just how deceptively difficult it is to make a track really groove and feel good without overplaying!) Special guests include Michael McDonald for the tune “My Love’s Leavin'” and (Larry Carlton’s wife) Michele Pillar Carlton (3 time Grammy-nominated christian vocalist). If you like your jazz smooth and your listening easy, it doesn’t get much better than this. Top notch players and writers who defined a genre doing what they do best!