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The Best of Fourplay by Fourplay

Many great Jazz artists and groups have flourished with the popularity of Contemporary Jazz music today. Many musicians come together with one idea in mind, "selling albums". With a funky beat or tune almost anyone can put out a fairly decent album. Nevertheless, there exists no ensemble quite like the renowned group, "Fourplay". Fourplay features Bob James on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Nathan East on Bass and Harvey Mason on drums. Each of these great Jazz artists can stand alone on their own musical merits, however put them together and you have a music producer's dream team. Morrice's Jazz Review has assembled its fans favorite jazz artists in its "Fantasy Jazz Band" feature. However, I don't believe that any group of artists can blend together a smooth fusion of music quite like Fourplay.

Over the years Fourplay has graced us with three great albums; "Fourplay" in 1991, "Between the sheets" in 1993 and one of my personal favorites, "Elixir" in 1995. The best of Fourplay not only features select tunes from these previous albums but also gives us two compositions recorded especially for this album. Fourplay presents a track previously unreleased in the U.S., "Any Time of Day", along with bringing in the vocals of the Grammy-winning group Take 6 featured on "4 Play and Pleasure". As an additional bonus this album remixes the Elixir track "Why Can't It Wait Till Morning" with the unmatched vocals of Phil Collins. This best of album is jam packed with old favorites along with a few new tunes to stir up the mix.

The Best of Fourplay is both uplifting and calming all in the same breath. This album is truly a must buy!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Fourplay
  • CD Title: The Best of Fourplay
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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