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Bob James: Three

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All tracks have been digitally remastered.

1976's THREE is easily one of Bob James' finest recordings. The Creed Taylor-produced album makes its statement with five classic pieces arranged and conducted by James. "Westchester Lady" ranks among the biggest successes of the keyboardist's long career.

The album opens with "One Mint Julep," an energetic fusion cut featuring a strong brass section of Grover Washington, Jr. and Jon Faddis, among others. The haunting melody of "Women of Ireland" marks a turn for slower tempos, with Eddie Daniels on flute and a fine guitar solo by Eric Gale. Daniels returns with a solo on the mellow "Jamaica Farewell." Harvey Mason, Will Lee, and Gary King provide notable support throughout. James' electronic-piano playing simulates vibes on "Storm King," a number almost sunk by its very '70s-styled orchestration. But James' fans won't be disappointed by this third, fine release, and lovers of '70s fusion will definitely want THREE to round out their collections.


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