While delivering a new face in the mix with the assumption of the guitar seat by Larry Carlton, Fourplay's most recent project is consistent. What you've always come to expect from their unique sound is again delivered in their latest work Yes, Please. What should be considered by Smooth Jazz aficionados as soft and mood setting is just that in this album; the ever-strong combination of Nathan East, Bob James, Harvey Mason and now, Carlton will not let you down. Yet, unique to this the new album is something that sits above other Fourplay offerings - it is overpoweringly seductive and sultry as a whole, while still allowing the individual artists' mastery to shine.
The 'bluesy' licks delivered by Carlton in his own unique way take you back to his "Sleepwalk" of earlier years especially in "Once Upon a Love". Chante Moore's sexy vocals in "Save Some Love For Me" combined with the steady and conforming beat of Mason's drums take you to the slow dance feeling; James' crisp runs across the keyboard add the gentle sway. East's "Poco a Poco" is sensuous and dreamy, once again highlighted by Carlton's haunting guitar riffs and just when you think you'll never catch your breath, go back to track four where the playful "Robo Bop", the CD's first radio release single, written by James will have you grooving with his playful ways on the ivories, along with crisp and upbeat melodies.
Slow it down with an R&B beat, and the soulful voice of newcomer, Sheree as she takes you where you should already be with "A Little Fourplay', written by Nathan and Marcel East (Nathan adds to the vocals on this cut). It's a slightly adventurous deviation from the Fourplay format, yet works itself perfectly into the general theme of this project. The album closer, "Lucky" written by James rounds this off nicely, highlighting the talents of each one of these gifted gentlemen. Where they can each shine on their own merits, they have once again traversed age and instruments to combine as a solid group force. Turn down the lights, settle back and enjoy this after hours masterpiece made for those that want to share smooth jazz, artistic and musical prowess and if you're lucky enough, the moment.... with someone special.