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Bob James: Touchdown

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All tracks have been digitally remastered.

With Creed Taylor no longer serving as his producer, Bob James loses something on 1978's TOUCHDOWN. James calls in a talented orchestra and some of the jazz world's best for support-Hiram Bullock, Eric Gale, Gary King, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Mongo Santamaria, Dave Sanborn, Hubert Laws, Earl Klugh, Jon Faddis, and Randy Brecker are among the players here-but still manages to deliver a somewhat formulaic recording. Regardless, TOUCHDOWN was among James' most successful albums.

James composed and arranged TOUCHDOWN's five tracks, and they blend together to create relaxing background music. The most famous piece here is "Angela," a song composed for the popular television series "Taxi." The title track features a tremendous alto sax solo by Dave Sanborn and is also noteworthy as the most energetic song on the album. James opts primarily for electronic keyboards and synthesizers rather than acoustic piano, making TOUCHDOWN one of the earliest recordings in the style later classified as "smooth jazz." Those in search of '70s-style James may be disappointed. But smooth-jazz lovers will find TOUCHDOWN a wonderful listening experience and a necessary addition to their collections.


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