Friday, February 12, 2016

Bob James Conceptions

From the first powerful kick of "A Moment's Notice," it's clear this is not the Bob James of the Taxi TV theme, the fusion-flavored Fourplay group, or the smooth pop albums done with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. This is the original Bob James — his very first album, in fact, recorded at age 22 (and produced by Quincy Jones) as a prize for winning the 1962 Collegiate Jazz Festival. Not only did the trio win as a unit, but each member won as most promising player on his own instrument (James also won as leader). This collection, largely bop in its approach, is astonishing in its precocious reach, featuring two James originals : the intriguing "Quest" and the daringly impressionistic "Trilogy" that involves the playing of oil drums, temple blocks, and golf balls, among other things. The trio acquits itself well with the varied, ambitious material, including an ethereal "Nardis," a selection from Leonard Bernstein's ballet, Candide, and a churning rendition of "Birk's Works." The only ballad is a confident, sensitive treatment of "Fly Me to the Moon." The CD also includes two bonus tracks, "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky" ; it's unclear whether they were part of the original session, but they are equally playful and joyous. Impressive trio work, great spirit. (Warning : Liner notes are microscopic.)
Judith Schlesinger

Source :

Bob James
Bold Conceptions


1 A Moment's Notice (Wilkins)  3:06
2 Nardis (Davis)  5:27
3 The Night We Called It a Day (Adair, Dennis)  4:31
4 Trilogy (James)  6:41
5 Quest (James)  4:06
6 My Love (Bernstein)  5:11
7 Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)  4:39
8 Birk's Works (Gillespie, Gillespie)  4:21
9 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  3:36
10 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (Jones)  3:29


Bob James - p, prep p & perc
Ron Brooks - b & perc
Bob Pozar - dr, perc, slide whistle, tape machine

Recorded at Universal Recording, Chicago ; August 13-15, 1962


apf said...

Thank you!

theblueamos said...

thank you for teaching me a new side to bob james.all the best from jerusalem

nlrp said...

merci. du nouveau pour moi.

L.O.L. said...

Thx Mel=)

Andy said...

Yes,big thanks from me too.I used to have this it is really good.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Philo said...

This is a nice surprise! Bob James playing real jazz. Who knew?

Thanks Mel.

fcapeau said...

I agree with Philo ! Many thanks, Mel

Melanchthon said...

zero said...

This should be interesting. Thanks for the re-up.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel. This should be an interesting contrast to James' album on ESP-Disk.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

OK! Some Bob James which I have little of. Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

A nice discovery to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Geoviki said...

This promises to be good, thanks for reloading.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jorge Lardone said...

I have more recentes works of Bob James. Good to hear this!

Kovina Kris said...

I just listened to this again and it is really a tour de force of creativity. The playing is first rate and the arrangements are out of this world. I couldn't help but thinking that Chick Corea would approve!

P.S. Just once I'd like to tell CAPTCHA, "Yes, I am a robot but robots like jazz too!" :-)