(1977) Touchdown

Bob James

... read moreBob James' most enduring recording is perhaps one of his least adventurous. Full of simple laid-back melodies, light, airy grooves, and quiet backdrops, it's a smooth jazz "masterpiece." It's an enduring part of his catalog and was the launch pad for many movie and television projects, and for a...

34′:18″ 5 Songs

1
Bob James
Angela (Theme From Taxi)
5:45
2
Bob James
Touchdown
5:44
3
Bob James
I Want To Thank You (Very Much)
7:10
4
Bob James
Sun Runner
6:19
5
Bob James
Caribbean Nights
9:20
Released 20 July 1977, 1978 Tappan Zee Records under license to Evolution Ltd.

Review

Bob James' most enduring recording is perhaps one of his least adventurous. Full of simple laid-back melodies, light, airy grooves, and quiet backdrops, it's a smooth jazz "masterpiece." It's an enduring part of his catalog and was the launch pad for many movie and television projects, and for a string of hit recordings for the Warner label in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. In effect, it insured his financial security for the future. The set is notable for its heavyweight cast including David Sanborn, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Hubert Laws, and Earl Klugh. It also netted the monster hit "Angela (Theme from Taxi)," which continued to get airplay on smooth jazz stations into the 21st century. James is a highly developed pianist, arranger, and composer, and while the music here is as safe as milk, it nonetheless spoke to millions. ~ Thom Jurek