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American Legion looking for donations for homeless vets - Tallahassee Democrat
Nothing but the clothes on your back,” said Bob James of Post 13. “We are very passionate about helping veterans. We are the begging arm.” The complex at 1280 Lake Bradford Road, formerly student housing, is a joint effort of Post 13, Volunteers of...
Full House heading to the big screen? -
James Franco would be perfect as Uncle Jesse, he says. “I see Steve Carell as Danny Tanner [originally played by Bob Saget] and Tracy Morgan as Joey Gladstone [originated by Dave Coulier] because he's funny,” Stamos continues. I highly doubt James...
Bosh would be an upgrade, but don't bank on it - The Morning Journal
By BOB FINNAN The Toronto Raptors' plan is to surround forward/center Chris Bosh with better players and become a playoff team. So, for now, Bosh is not on the trade market. Of course, all of that could change if he gives the Raptors any indication...
Buffalo, New York Musicians Host 25 Hour Food Bank Event - Catholic Online
Keep the promises you make'", said James. "President Obama addressed the nation in the same manner speaking of grassroots community based service projects." Bob James, veteran of local groups such as The Restless, The Rain, Third Floor Strangers,...
Precision High Jinks From a Veteran Jazz Quartet - New York Times
Fourplay: From left, Nathan East, bass; Larry Carlton, guitar; and Bob James, piano; at the Blue Note. By NATE CHINEN During the final moments of their early set at the Blue Note on Monday night, the members of Fourplay engaged in a bit of musical...
Bob Cooney: Shawnee out to capture New Jersey baseball title today - Philadelphia Daily News
And looking ahead, some of the things we can't wait to see next year are Eustace catcher Greg Brodzinski and Seneca pitchers James Coughlin and Kevin Comer. We're also looking forward to watching a ton of youngsters at Paul VI get better and Washington...
The Morning Skate: The Train Wreck That Wrecked Pittsburgh - New York Times
Here are the TSN views of the game, first from James Duthie, Ray Ferraro and Bob McKenzie (video), who praise Datsyuk and damn the Penguins with video evidence of both. An here's Pierre McGuire, interviewed on SportsCentre by Holly Horton (video),...
David Sanborn at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley - review -
After walking through the audience to take the stage, they played a roughly 90-minute set, taking off with the energetic “Full House,” then mellowing out with “Brother Ray” and the popular “Maputo” from Sanborn's 1986 album with Bob James,...
Suspense too much for Love - Akron Beacon Journal
''I ask Bob all the time, 'Why do I know how to do it and just can't do it?' '' Love said of Rotella. ''He goes, 'That's the challenge.' The top athletes in every sport, we all go through the same things. It doesn't matter if it's lebron James or top...

Bob James (musician)

James in 2004.

Bob James (born December 25, 1939) is a smooth jazz and jazz fusion keyboardist, arranger and producer.

During the 1970s, Bob James played a major role in turning fusion jazz more mainstream. "Angela", the instrumental theme from the sitcom Taxi, is probably Bob James' most well-known work to date, He is also well-known for the fusion classics 'Nautilus' and 'Westchester Lady', the latter from the album Bob James Three.

For their first joint album release, One on One, Earl Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. James is the founding member of smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay and is a Yamaha Artist.

Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured soloists, who add a jazz touch to his sound (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.). While best known for his fusion sound, James began In 1962, recording a bop-ish trio set for Mercury, and three years later his album for ESP was quite avant-garde, with electronic tapes used for effects. After a period with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio musician, appearing with Stanley Turrentine and Milt Jackson on the 1972 album Cherry and with Turrentine on his following album Don't Mess with Mister T. (1973), and that same year was arranging and working as a producer for CTI. In 1974, James recorded his first purely commercial effort as a leader; he later made big-selling albums for his own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn.

Two of James' songs – "Nautilus" from 1974's One and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" from 1975's Two – are among the most sampled in hip hop history. "Nautilus" has been most famously sampled in Eric B. & Rakim's "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em", Run-D.M.C.'s "Beats to the Rhyme", Ghostface Killah's "Daytona 500" and Jeru the Damaja's "My Mind Spray" amongst many others and the notes of "Nautilus'" bassline were played on a keyboard for Slick Rick's "Children's Story". The first four measures of "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" (a Paul Simon original) includes a bell and drum groove that is one of hip hop's fundamental breakbeats. Run-D.M.C.'s "Peter Piper", LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells", the Beastie Boys' "Hold it Now, Hit it", Missy Elliott's "Work It,"'s "I Got it from my Mama,", "I Want You" from Common's Finding Forever, and most recently "Take It Back" from Wu-Tang Clan's 8 Diagrams.

The title track from his 1981 album Sign of the Times was sampled in De La Soul's "Keepin' the Faith", and Warren G's "Regulate". In addition, James is mentioned in a verse by André 3000 on "Black Ice" from Goodie Mob's second album Still Standing. His "Angela" was sampled in the track "Cab Fare" by Souls of Mischief, an out-take from their album No Man's Land.

The track "El Verano" from the 1977 album "Four" is used as a sample in the song "Blown Away" by the Cocoa Brovaz and also in the Masta Ace Track "NY Confidential".

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Double Vision (Bob James and David Sanborn album)

Double Vision is a 1986 album by Bob James and David Sanborn.

The album was a successful smooth jazz release receiving frequent airplay.

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One (Bob James album)

One cover

One is the debut solo album by jazz musician Bob James released in 1974.

Bob James's first recording for his Tappan Zee label, which has been reissued on CD along with virtually James' entire output by Warner Bros., is typically lightweight. Although Grover Washington Jr. has two spots on soprano and trumpeter Jon Faddis is in the brass section, James' dated Fender Rhodes keyboard is the lead voice throughout the six pieces, which include two adaptations of classical works. Only a lightly funky version of "Feel Like Making Love" rises above the level of pleasant background music.

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Obsession (Bob James album)

Obsession is an album by Bob James from 1986.

Obsession is Bob James' first solo album for Warner Brothers after roughly ten years at CBS. James' first successful Warner Brothers endeavor had him teaming up with David Sanborn for the ubiquitous and well-executed Double Vision. By 12, James, like many other keyboardists, had begun to experiment with every gadget that came down the pike with mixed results. "Obsession" displays the often chilly sounds of the period synthesizers. The only vocal track, "Gone Hollywood," co-written by Lenny White, has good keyboard textures and plaintive vocals from Lisa Fischer and blistering guitar solos from Steve Khan. Unlike Double Vision, Obsession seems to be more unassuming. While many might be put off by the pure-'80s production values of "3AM" and "Rousseau," luckily they have compelling arrangements to ward off boredom. The album's best song, "Rain," is a methodical and pretty track that is an essential for devotees of the often-maligned late-'80s jazz-pop era. Obsession certainly works better than 12 and is a suitable continuation of the style of early-'80s albums The Genie and Sign of the Times.

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Earl Klugh

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Earl Klugh (pronounced "Clue") (born September 16, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer. Klugh currently resides in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia.

At the age of 13, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when Atkins made an appearance on the Perry Como Show. Klugh was a performing guest on several of Atkins' albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these jazz, pop and rhythm and blues influences, forming a potpourri of sweet contemporary music original to only him.

Klugh became a guitar instructor at the young age of 15, and was eventually discovered by Yusef Lateef. His career rapidly progressed to working with the likes of George Benson, George Shearing, Chick Corea, and many others. Like several other Detroit-bred entertainers, Klugh attended Mumford High School (Michigan).

For their album One on One, Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. He has since received 13 Grammy nods, millions of record and CD sales, and continues touring worldwide to this day.

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