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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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Great Band had a chance to see them at the Houston Jazz Festival a few years back. Excellent performance, definitely a must see.
Hell Yeah my type of jazz fusion at it finest do u agree?!
First time hearing them. I like what they got going on here....
Aaaaah... refreshing
My favorite jazz ensemble . Rich blend of talents and skill make these four the best at what they do ...jazz!!!!!
poppa_bear49
Can't put into words the feeling I get from Fourplay. Played St. Louis (the big MO.) a few years ago and I was in awe. From A to Z, these guys are awesome, perfection to the upmost...I'm totally at a loss for words. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Love this
Always a joy to chill with Fourplay.
This is a very smooth rendition of Stings Fields Of Gold I can see myself in paradise on a nice sandy beach listening to this. Four Play continue to amaze me thats what I call smooth jazz.
Fore-Play"Al l I Wanna Do "All-Day,All - N i g h t
Screwston-Up H-Town Down-With-It
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
Saw them last night at the Keswick Theater (Glenside, PA) with my wife. Great concert!
lilbrwnsugah 3 8
I want to dance with it
Great way for me to start my day...especi a l l y on a Sunday morning.
You sound so great ......amazin g !!!!!!
derpyslender 1 0 1
my favorite instrumental group ,these sounds sure does soothe, got all their albums
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this the sounds that make life flow free opens the mind to all that is possible..
i think the best smooth jazz quad of all time. I'm really trying to think of another to compare too. but can't.
These musicians are amazing.
Grooving along with this tasty entrée! It might be just me, but this Blues Force tune seems to share a lot of the same ingredients as Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan. Good stuff!
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! '
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