(2006) Urban Flamingo

Bob James

... read moreAfter revisiting his straight-ahead jazz roots on 2004's Take It from the Top, legendary keyboardist/composer Bob James returns to his bread and butter smooth jazz sound on Urban Flamingo. This time around James digs into his synthesizer chops for a set of relatively tepid and pop-oriented tracks...

01:04′:46″ 10 Songs

1
Bob James
Choose Me
8:53
2
Bob James
Niles A Head
5:22
3
Bob James
Skidaway
6:36
4
Bob James
Urban Flamingo
7:45
5
Bob James
Lay Down With You
5:11
6
Bob James
Fresh Start
7:07
7
Bob James
Make It More Blue
6:34
8
Bob James
Bobary Coast
7:08
9
Bob James
Endless Time
3:20
10
Bob James
Wingapo
6:50
Released 21 February 2006, 2006 Tappan Zee Records under license to Evolution Ltd.

Review

After revisiting his straight-ahead jazz roots on 2004's Take It from the Top, legendary keyboardist/composer Bob James returns to his bread and butter smooth jazz sound on Urban Flamingo. This time around James digs into his synthesizer chops for a set of relatively tepid and pop-oriented tracks that have more to do with contemporary soft rock and R&B than actual jazz. To these ends, James' daughter Hilary James takes a pleasant vocal turn on "Lay Down with You," while the funky "Niles Ahead" does reveal James' more organic bent and harks back to his classic '70s albums. However, the majority of the journeyman artist's compositions here will do little to expand his audience beyond die-hard pop-jazz aficionados. ~ Matt Collar