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Earl Klugh/Bob James: One on One

Album Notes

Personnel: Bob James (keyboards); Earl Klugh (guitar).

ONE ON ONE marks the first team up between keyboardist Bob James and guitarist Earl Klugh. Unlike the later TWO OF A KIND or COOL, this 1979 collaboration really conveys the magical connection between these two fine jazz musicians. James and Klugh each composed three of the six tracks, and the result is an extremely well blended album.

ONE ON ONE really delivers. James' compositional prowess shines on the Latin-tinged "Mallorca," where Klugh is allowed to show off some of his own fancy finger-work. Drummer Harvey Mason, electric bassists Gary King and Neil Jason, and acoustic bassist Ron Carter provide notable support. James downplays the orchestral counterpart that feature so prominently on his other '70s releases.


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