Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2008 album from this Jazz supergroup: Nathan East (vocals, bass guitar); Larry Carlton (guitars); Bob James (keyboards); Harvey Mason (drums). 10 tracks.
JazzTimes (p.75) - "'Fortune Teller' starts us off with a romp through the classic Fourplay bedroom oeuvre and allows James and Carlton ample opportunity to interact, as does James' own 'Look Both Ways'....The Fourplay bassist's falsetto has never sounded better."
Fourplay: Nathan East (vocals, bass guitar); Larry Carlton (guitars); Bob James (keyboards); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums).
Personnel: Marcel East (guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming); Bob James & Creations (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Ken Freeman.
Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Sear Sound Recording Studio, New York, NY; Studio 101, Tarzana, CA.
Photographer: Maura Lanahan.
Arrangers: Fourplay; Marcel East.
Fourplay has long been a supergroup of fusion and smooth jazz, consisting of keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Larry Carlton, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvey Mason, each a leader in his own right. For their debut on the Heads Up label, Fourplay works some world music influences into their mix. Also, emerging vocal star Esperanza Spalding makes an appearance. But fear not, Fourplay fans, there are still plenty of the hallmarks of their sound--colorful melodies, funky-easy grooves, and classy keyboard and guitar solos.