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Fourplay

This all-star group -- comprised of keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvey Mason -- was formed in 1991 after the quartet came together on part of James' Grand Piano Canyon album. They have since recorded a number of CDs for Warner Bros. that have all been big sellers, not surprising considering the popularity of James and Ritenour. Larry Carlton took over the guitarist's spot in the late '90s, first appearing in Fourplay on the band's successful 1998 album, 4. The seasonal Snowbound was released in 1999. It featured traditional and modern holiday songs, all played in the quartet's increasingly slick style. The band ended its tenure with Warner Bros. with 2000's soft babymaker album Yes, Please.

Fourplay attempted to break new ground with 2002's Heartfelt, which was their debut album for RCA's Bluebird imprint. The album consisted of live studio jamming that was heavily edited and assembled using Pro Tools. In 2004 they issued Journey, more a return to their earlier, smoother form than a building-block progression from Heartfelt. In 2006, Fourplay released X, a final album for RCA/Bluebird. The set featured a guest vocal from Michael McDonald on a reading of Steve Winwood's "My Love's Leavin'."

The group signed with Heads Up International for 2008's Energy, which was notable for a pair of excellent Carlton compositions and a vocal appearance by Esperanza Spalding on "Prelude for Lovers." Fourplay -- now featuring new guitarist Chuck Loeb replacing Carlton -- assembled again for the label on 2010's Let's Touch the Sky, which included guest appearances by Ruben Studdard and Anita Baker. Two years later, they released Esprit de Four, with guest appearances by Kenny Mason & the Voices of Praise Choir, and Japanese singer Seiko Matsuda. In 2015, Fourplay celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of the stylistically eclectic studio album Silver. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Esprit De Four

1. December Dream

2. Firefly

3. Venus

4. Sonnymoon

5. Put Our Hearts Together (Instrumental Version)

6. All I Wanna Do

7. Logic Of Love

8. Esprit De Four

9. Sugoi

10. Put Our Hearts Together (Vocal Version)

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Track List: Let's Touch The Sky

1. Let's Touch The Sky

2. 3rd Degree

3. More Than A Dream

4. Pineapple Getway

5. I'll Still Be Lovin' You

6. Gentle Giant (For Hank)

7. A Night In Rio

8. Love Tko

9. Above And Beyond

10. Golden Faders

11. You're My Thrill

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Track List: X

1. Turnabout

2. Cinnamon Sugar

3. Eastern Sky

4. Kid Zero

5. My Love's Leavin'

6. Screenplay

7. Twilight Touch

8. Be My Lover

9. Sunday Morning

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Track List: Journey

1. Fields Of Gold

2. Play Around It

3. From Day One

4. Journey

5. Rozil

6. Cool Train

7. Avalabop

8. The Firehouse Chill

9. Departure

10. 147 4th St.

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Track List: Heartfelt

1. Galaxia

2. That's The Time

3. Break It Out

4. Rollin'

5. Let's Make Love

6. Heartfelt

7. Tally Ho

8. Café L'Amour

9. Ju-Ju

10. Goin' Back Home

11. Karma

12. Making Up

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Track List: Yes, Please!

1. Free Range

2. Double Trouble

3. Once Upon A Love

4. Robo Bop

5. Blues Force

6. Save Some Love For Me

7. Fortress

8. Go With Your Heart

9. Poco A Poco

10. A Little Fourplay

11. Lucky

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Track List: 4

1. Still The One

2. Little Foxes

3. Sexual Healing

4. Charmed, I'm Sure

5. Someone To Love

6. Rio Rush

7. Piece Of My Heart

8. Slow Slide

9. Vest Pocket

10. Swamp Jazz

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Track List: The Best Of Fourplay

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Track List: Elixir

1. Elixir

2. Dream Come True

3. Play Lady Play

4. Why Can't It Wait Till Morning

5. Magic Carpet Ride

6. Whisper In My Ear

7. Fannie Mae

8. The Closer I Get To You

9. East 2 West

10. Licorice

11. In My Corner

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Track List: Silver

1. Quicksilver

2. Horace

3. Sterling

4. A Silver Lining

5. Silverado

6. Mine

7. Silver Streak

8. Precious Metal

9. Aniversário

10. Windmill

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Go men.....
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Fourplay is 1 of the best smooth jazz bands I've ever listened to. I saw them last year @ the Capitol Jazz Fest. They're a must see!
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one of my favorite instrumental jazz tunes...I love this quartets name as well!!!
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smooth !!!
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I was a fan before I saw them at the ROXY in PHX. Front row center, we could hear Rit without the assist of amplifiers, he stepped past his mike and spoke with his axe. I have turned so many souls into believers.
In '78 all my buddies were doing Queen, Boston etc. I slid off into Lee Rit, Bob James etc.
I am better man with FOURPLAY in my life.
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gearly
flawless
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Sound great
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Very Very nice
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So good !!!
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Who let the cats out?
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This is one of my favorite jazz ensembles!
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Just a 'slight-of-e x a m p l e ' MUSICAL GENIOUS has no perfered ethnicity.Wh e n it comes to cross-over appreciators . T h e r e is NO BLACK,WHITE, o r any color variation.
Forming teamwork to MASTER production.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Kk
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Fourplay is the best!!!
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Love this cut!
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Love these guys...Chant and others song are classic vintage;Jazz Ambassadors. .
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Some awesome musicians here,sometim e I hear some boring passages in some their stuff .But that soon passes and they're back in the groove.
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Love these Guys, Especially some of Their 90's Collaboratio n s . . . simply Took me 2 Another World, Truly Sultry & Smooth......
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Love my Smooth Jazzzzzz
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Bob James and his group have it going on, all great musicians.
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delasvenson
met Nathan east in 1982 at a guitar store i worked . Even then he was a cool cat and killer bassist.
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tsayers77
Title typo - it is Max-O -Man
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It doesn't matter what they play. It's all good.
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Smooth for the soul.
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I am a fan of FOURPLAY. I went to their concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.
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cgm2812
I bought that album because of this track a number of years ago now...sensua l sophisticati o n .
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simply moving music. I need my wine and my woman
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IF THIS DOES'NT DO IT . YOU DON'T DO IT .IT'S THAT GOOD.
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m Mammal
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Warm night, slight breeze and a great glass of wine. That is all that is missing! Ahh Enjoy
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Gifted! love the guys
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Smooth sound, I love it!
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These four guys jell together like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Tight, smooth and flavorful. Just awesome in so many ways.
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johnmargie6
Candy for your ears.
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dan60sue
Loved these guy's for years
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I never heard this version but its very beautiful
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Smooth love to here smooth jazz playing
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tressabrush
have to agree blynch17
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bllynch17
They are so good, even after listening to them for 20+ years. Always sound fresh.
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kermitsm
Very Powerful Jazz group
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Muy bueno... excelente calidad.
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yochumjr
One of my all time favorites, these guys set me in the perfect mood.
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Bob James is something else, what a musician," I love four play"
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I love Fourplay, their music is phenomenal. Amongst, the greatest of all times. What a blessing, and thank you for this God-Given talent!!!
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I love Fourplay
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Have been listening to Fourplay for couple of decades now and have lot of their CD's. They can bring me out of a blue funk anytime, night or day.
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They are one of my favorite and I have a lot of their CDs .
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chillin!!!
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AMAZING !! Can't get enough of Fourplay. !!!
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