Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Bob James and bassist, composer, educator Nathan East are featured in the September 2015 issue of Jazz Inside. Their new duo album, The New Cool is released on the new Yamaha Entertainment Group label and is inspired by the great piano duos of Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez, Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown and others. Together Nathan East and Bob James founded Fourplay 25 years ago. Among the highlights in James’ career include a long term association as the accompanist for Sarah Vaughn, as composer of the theme for the TV show Taxi, and as arranger for numerous albums on the CTI label in the 70s. Nathan East appears on some of the most influential and landmark pop albums in history by artists including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, George Harrison and others. This issue of Jazz Inside Magazine also includes an interview with saxophonist Ochion Jewell; CD Reviews, and a comprehensive calendar of hundreds of club, concert and event listings.
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Cool: precisely the way I describe the new album from Bob James and Nathan East titled “The New Cool.” The new album will be released on September 18, 2015. James and East step into duo mode with pure ease; that is to be expected since the two have been friends and musical collaborators for over 25 years. Individually and collectively as part of the legendary group, Fourplay, Bob James and Nathan East have been making music for a very long time. It was the obvious next step for the two of them to embark upon a journey together doing what they do best. As friends and collaborators, the ease of which the two fused their talents with just a piano and upright bass was masterful. That camaraderie and spirit shines forth in every note of every song on “The New Cool.” It is comprised of…Continue Reading the Full Article HERE!
While bassist Nathan East and keyboardist Bob James have collaborated before as members of the jazz supergroup Fourplay, they’ve never done anything quite like this. For their new project, they’ve teamed up as a duo for an acoustic jazz album that features a strong emphasis on the dance between bass and piano.
It’s called The New Cool, and it rolls out later this month.
The project got its start with Yamaha Entertainment Group label President Chis Gero sending East and James into a Nashville recording studio decked out with some state-of-the-art equipment provided by his company. They emerged with 11-tracks, more than half of which are original compositions. Their creations run the gamut from minimalistic duets to intricate ensemble arrangements.
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The New Cool” (www.thenewcoolalbum.com ) is coming. Labor Day Weekend is upon us and shortly after – September 18 to be exact –Yamaha Entertainment Group will release the first duets collection byGrammy winners Bob James and Nathan East. An intimate acoustic jazz set of piano and bass banter from the jazz legend and master musician,iTunes pre-orders for “The New Cool” are surging while the 10-part series of behind-the-scenes vignettes about the making of this extraordinary recording whets the appetite of sophisticated listeners by the thousands. Produced by James, East and Yamaha Entertainment Group president Chris Gero, this masters’ class is in session boasting a syllabus of original compositions written specifically for this project and a few handpicked classics. With a straight-ahead lean while adventurously exploring all corners of the jazz playground, it’s unlike anything the highly-accomplished duo has ever recorded in their lengthy careers.
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Yamaha Entertainment Group has released The New Cool by pianist Bob James and bassist Nathan East. This acoustic duo of James and East offers their fans a new way of listening to their creative efforts aside from their membership in their Grammy Award-winning group called Fourplay. The legendary keyboardist and master bass player perform 11 songs including several of their original compositions as well as a few classics. Singer/songwriter Vince Gill is featured on “Crazy,” while percussionist Rafael Padilla and drummer Scott Williamson appear on “Canto Y La Danza.” Chris Gero, Bob James, Nathan East and Bryan Lenox produced The New Cool.
The New Cool is a celebration of more than 25 years of friendship and musical camaraderie between Nathan East and Bob James. The Grammy Award-winning artists extend the boundaries of their musicality on such songs as “The New Cool,” and “Oliver’s Bag,” both of which are minimalist, bluesy duets to the lushly appointed, beautifully orchestrated “Waltz for Judy” featuring the Nashville Recording Orchestra. The waltz reveals another layer of Bob James’ virtuosity as a pianist and Nathan East’s electric bass guitar wizardry in an orchestral setting. Their rendition of the Latin classic “Canto Y La Danza” features the stellar bass work of Nathan East in several different tempi and the pianism of Bob James at its very best accompanied by Padilla and Williamson.
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‘THE NEW COOL’ is the title of a new collaborative effort between one half of smooth jazz outfit, Fourplay…. pianist BOB JAMES and bassist NATHAN EAST.
The idea for the album came from Chris Gero, head of the Yamaha Entertainment Group who invited East and James to Nashville to record with state-of-the-art Yamaha instruments. The duo accepted and came up with an audacious 11 tracker that might surprise those who know them chiefly via their work with Fourplay.
The music on ‘The New Cool’ is, well, way cooler… more straight ahead jazz than the smoother sounds that Fourplay are rightly famous for. That fact is evident from the start with the album’s title cut – pastoral piano wanderings engaging with meandering bass lines.
The album is largely a two hander though the strings of the Nashville Recording Orchestra star on several cuts – notably the cinematic ‘All Will Be Revealed’ which also features a touch of East’s celebrated vocalese. Then on the climatic ‘Turbulence’ and the Latino-flavoured ‘Canto Y Danza’ there’s welcome input from percussionist Rafael Padilla and drummer Scott Williamson.
Biggest surprise, however, is the cover of Willie Nelson’s ‘Crazy’. The Nashville strings add plenty of sweetness while Vince Gill (yes, we’re in Nashville, remember) offers his usual authoritative vocal and it’s clear that James and East were having great fun here.
BOB JAMES & NATHAN EAST’S ‘The New Cool’ is released on September 18 on Yamaha Entertainment Records.
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〈第14回 東京JAZZ〉で行なわれるプログラム“the HALL”ボブ・ジェームス＆東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団公演の詳細が決定、日本が誇るスーパー・ギタリストの渡辺香津美がスペシャル・ゲストで参加することが発表されました。この公演は9月5日（土）昼、東京・丸の内 国際フォーラム ホールAにて開催されます。
この日に演奏される楽曲は、ボブ・ジェームスが被災地大船渡を訪問した際にインスピレーションを受け、復興への祈りを込めて書き下ろした大作、「Concerto for Piano & Orchestra」、同じく世界初演の書き下ろし曲「One Afternoon」、そして大胆なアレンジで話題を集めた「禿山の一夜」。
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Fourplay Celebrates 25th Anniversary with “Silver” Third album by group to feature guitarist Chuck Loeb
The contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the Nov. 20 release of Silver (Concord), the third album to feature the group’s newest member, guitarist Chuck Loeb. Loeb joins original members bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James and drummer Harvey Mason. Silver also features special guest appearances from guitarists Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour, both early members of the group, and saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
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