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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 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. In 2012, Fourplay released Esprit de Four, with guest appearances by Kenny Mason & the Voices of Praise Choir and Japanese singer Seiko Matsuda. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Drop the top, drink a Starbucks bottled Michael and drive over 100 m.p.h. NICE!!!
Bimbo spill the beans
Fourplay with Rit,Carlton or Loeb I can get what ever I want feel how I want. Rit fun dance Carlton funky Loeb smooth. Of course Nat,Harvey and Bob always do what it do.
they are what I call a cooking pot of talent. In that pot they are the gumbo.That's food for the soul.Deep in the soul
Great. Musicians... . . . . . t a l e n t e d
Started out following James with the release if his "Taxi" album. Slowly moved into Ritenour, Klugh, Winston and so many other great artist. Music is life ...my life is music.
Four Play, Sensual Lyrical Orgasmic Beyond Cosmic High Musicality!! ! Like Way Wow !!!
dayliteson22 9
Play it like you mean it !!! Fourplay I'm feeling the soul thru the music
Makes me relax....... .
Boy! do I remember this. Wow!!! Memories.... . .
Keep playing like you do!
We can't say enough about BJ's music composition and songwriting skills;with Nathan East'sBass Bad intentions,H a r v e y Mason's
love it sounds so nice drive down street
Its all good
Nice music to listen to after a stressful day at work, calms the nerves. Good to listen with the one you love.
I just want to sometime listen to so good nice jazz
GOOD JAZZ GOOD WOMAN, CANT BEAT IT!!!
This relaxes me after a crazy day..
These guys are by far the best group I've ever heard!!
Drop the top on the Audi (S5) and drive etc. !!!
Twice in concert...ti g h t ! ! !
four play from 1991 to now have some the best jazz players!!
thanks pandora , for smooth jazz
truly amazing compolations of masters who can play what they feel!
seriously the best
jcolon1264
These guys are Gooood nice rythem
Drop the top on the beammer ....smoke a fatty an ride south beach...fo show....
Kudos to Pandora. Please include Dave Brubeck in your list of Artists. Just a side note. Take five!!!
4. Dedicated craftsmen ' bout their business! '
3dcad2
They sound great right now. They now have Chuck Loeb, who took Larry's place, and they are tight!
This is the jam...I remember the day it was released riding down the highway with the top down. Tough that's all I can say. BJ is badddddd!!!! ! !
No one better then Fourplay. They are masters of their craft.
Great great sounds from this group could listen for hours
Music I can cook to! Calm my soul every time I hear them
dhouzer
Saw Fourplay at Yoshi's...WO W best concert I have been to. NEVER pass up an opportunity to see them live...espec i a l l y at Yoshi's in Oakland.
I will get to see fourplay perform tonight at yoshi's can't wait to hear my favorite smooth jazz band.
Love, love love,
Very we'll done. Soooth
He sounds like Michael McDonald ...
Evelyn is 70 listening since the 70's driving across country. At home with a glass of wine , lets face it any time is a good time to listen to these GUY'S. I've passed the tradition to my one and only son
I especially enjoy this music / just soak it up /while doing my paperwork/ n de-stressing from a long work day. No lyrics...smo o t h / unclouds my mind..Thank You!!!
frankie35
I, USED TO CRUISE. AROND THE WORLD LISTEN TO THIS GREAT GROUP! ITS VERY MOVING ! AND I, NEED TO CREAT ! IN WHAT I DO ! AWARDING WINNING CHEF! I, NEED TO FEEL IT ! LIKE I, FEEL IT WHEN I'AM COOKING AND CREATING ! MY BEST ITALIAN FOOD! ITS ALL MADE TO ORDER ! EVEN THE SAUCE! PASTAS NOTHING IS LEFT. TO CHANCE! LIKE THERE MUSIC ! IT MUST BE FELT OR ITS JUST A, WASTE OF TIME !
ppearson32
I strongly agree with you muirfield818 ! ! ! ! ! There is nothing like it.
What modern jazz should be!
...great combo...all i can say....wealt h of talent.....
Bob, can blow oh yea
marataza80
I really dig you guys, your music is so soothing and relaxing.
This is soooo nice
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.say a school day
4.close your hand
5.say your name
6.open your hand and look at it
7.post this to at least 15 other songs and your chrush will ask you out the school day you said.
nylasimba6
I have Loved Harvey, Bob, Nat since the 70's...trust me thes are the Master's. Love u 4play
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