Audio CD (September 17, 1991)
Original Release Date: September 17, 1991
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
1. Bali Run 5:32
2. 101 Eastbound 5:57
3. Foreplay 5:26
4. Moonjogger 6:16
5. Max-O-Man 5:33
6. After The Dance 6:05
7. Quadrille 5:43
8. Midnight Stroll 4:44
9. October Morning 5:01
10. Wish You Were Here 6:11
11. Rain Forest 6:05
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The assemblage of pianist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan
East and drummer Harvey Mason makes for as impressive a modern jazz band
lineup as you are likely to find. But it's not just good on paper; the
artistic blend and level of material here makes Fourplay's self-titled
debut a smooth-jazz touchstone.
What's most impressive is their ability to avoid the realm of Easy
Listening Instrumental Pop, something difficult to do in the modern jazz
field. Instead of songs merely lacking vocals, Fourplay comes up with an
extremely tuneful and memorable set. The opener, "Bali Run," gets things
off to an energetic start, and "101 Eastbound" is a silky piece of midtempo
seduction. The lush chord progression in the gently swinging "Foreplay"
(technically not a title track) has a strong Dave Grusin influence, and
"Quadrille" borders on Bossa Nova for a gorgeous, exotic tone.
Fourplay even had the foresight to invite El DeBarge to sit in on a remake
of Marvin Gaye's "After the Dance," and the results are glorious. Instead
of being a mere easy shot at radio success (which it got them anyway),
DeBarge's silky vocals mesh perfectly with Fourplay's smooth sound, and Bob
James is given ample opportunity to provide a killer solo; the end result
is one of the genre's finest recordings.
But then, the same can be said for the album as a whole. With astounding
class and skill, Fourplay sets a new standard for the Smooth Jazz genre,
one that is sure to be treasured by jazz lovers for the forseeable future.
If you like smooth jazz you will need to hear this Fourplay disc on DVD
Audio. The DVD Audio format really brings out the clear rythmic, easy
listening smooth jazz tones in soft six channel sound. I recently updated
my stereo system with a new Yamaha receiver and Paradigm speakers, and this
Fourplay DVD Audio makes me glad I did. If you like smooth jazz you should
love this DVD-A.