“4 Play & Pleasure” (2020 Remastered)

by on Oct.10, 2020, under News, Videos

From the upcoming ‘The Best of fOURPLAY, Remastered’ set for release on November 6, here’s the track “4 Play & Pleasure”.  Discover the pleasure of fOURPLAY’s best HERE!

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‘The Best of fOURPLAY, Remastered’ Release Announcement

by on Oct.09, 2020, under News

fOURPLAY is releasing their best from the early days of the jazz group that features Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Lee Ritenour on November 6.

First released in 1997, ‘The Best Of Fourplay’ showcases the smooth jazz supergroup’s signature style of indelible melodies, tasteful arrangements and addictive, toe-tapping groove.

Remastered using high resolution digital transfers from the original analogue master tapes, ‘The Best Of Fourplay (2020 Remastered)’ will be available on 6th November for the first time on 180g Vinyl LP, MQA-CD, SACD.

The new edition of the album includes the bonus track, ‘The Closer I Get To You,’ a duet between Patti Austin and Peabo Bryson.

Get your copy today HERE!

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Life on Pause

by on Apr.01, 2020, under News

As we are all dealing with the C-19 situation, life is being drastically altered right now.  This is a time for us to work together to ensure everyone’s health.  Hopefully, we can all get back out there soon.  Please take precautions, and stay healthy.

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‘Still the One’ Instrumental Video

by on Jul.26, 2019, under Videos

“Still The One” from Fourplay’s album 4, their fourth studio album, released in 1998.

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fOURPLAY’s “Play Lady Play”

by on Jun.09, 2018, under Videos

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Fourplay feat. Phil Collins – Why Can’t It Wait ‘Till Morning (audio)

by on Feb.03, 2018, under Videos

Fourplay brought in Phil Collins to sing the lead vocal for their beautifully arranged version of ‘Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning’. This song, originally written by Phil Collins, and was included in Fourplay’s third studio album, ‘Elixir’, with members Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass), Harvey Mason (drums).

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fOURPLAY & Berks Jazz Fest Presents: Remembering Chuck Loeb

by on Jan.11, 2018, under Event

berks-jazz-fest-logoOn April 7 & 8, Smooth Jazz JJZ presents Remembering Chuck Loeb.  The event will include Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Kirk Whalum, featuring Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Will Lee, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Paul Jackson Jr., Chieli Minucci, Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley, Bill Evans, Mitch Forman, Brian Bromberg, John Patitucci, Andy Snitzer, Lionel Cordew, Ron Jenkins, David Charles, The Berks Horns and Carmen, Lizzy, Christina Loeb.
Portion of proceeds will establish Chuck Loeb Scholarship Fund.

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fOURPLAY’s 2018 Hiatus

by on Jan.07, 2018, under News

To our fans & supporters…

fOURPLAY has been blessed throughout the years with tremendous talent and comradery, and of course amazing fans which have supported us through this journey.  2017 has been an especially challenging year, with loss hitting the fOURPLAY family.  Out of respect for our friend and brother in music, Chuck Loeb, fOURPLAY will be taking a hiatus for 2018 to regroup for 2019.

A special thank you to Kirk Whalum for sitting in with us in 2017, and being an amazingly gracious part of the fOURPLAY family.

Stay tuned for updates, and thanks for your continued support.

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Happy Holidays from fOURPLAY

by on Dec.16, 2017, under News

 fOURPLAY would like to wish everyone a joyous and peaceful holiday season! Happy Holidays

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Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker at the Blue Note

by on Sep.02, 2017, under News, Press &Reviews

August 21, 2017
Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker
Blue Note
New York, NY
August 16, 2017


As part of a week-long residency at the Blue Note, legendary keyboardist-composer Bob James broke sonic bread with up-and-coming bassist Michael Palazzolo and faithful drummer Billy Kilson. The result of this communion was a head-nodding dive into one of jazz’s most hallowed oeuvres. As was clear throughout this performance, central to the bandleader’s commercial success—not counting the many times his music has been thrown into the genre blender of hip-hop—is his ability to forge bone-deep melodies and shine them through the lenses of simpatico musicians who care about everything they interpret.

The first three tunes of their second set put theory into practice, and then some. Two pianistic originals, “Avalabop” and “Night Crawler,” sandwiched the Fender Rhodes romance of “Feel Like Making Love.” Whether jumping headfirst into jaunty grooves or turning the lights down low, James approached even his best-known motifs with sheer enjoyment. Despite the distance of these classic tunes, he brought them to an immediate and intimate level of exchange that allowed freshness to flourish.

Read the full article here…

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