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Esprit De Four

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Editorial Reviews

'Lucky 13th' album from much-loved jazz quartet; Chuck Loeb, Bob James, Nathan East & Harvey Mason

1. December Dream
2. Firefly
3. Venus
4. Sonnymoon
5. Put Our Hearts Together (Instrumental Version)
6. All I Wanna Do
7. Logic of Love
8. Esprit de Four
9. Sugoi
10. Put Our Hearts Together (Vocal Track/Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B008BGNMZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Froton on September 29, 2012
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Like many reviewers I am a long term fan of the group,both collectively and sigularly. My feelings about this album is that it is very smooooth.It is a great listening album, with the influences of each member can easily be heard. Being a big fan of Chuck Loeb,I'm pleased with how he has been able to integrate himself into the band. While I'm not a big fan of his wife Carmen Questa,his influence has led the band in a different direction,which is just great. The hub sill remains Bob James,one of the finest musicians of our generation. For this band to last 20 years and still evolve is a testament to him and the real pros who have contributed over the years.I'm sure there will be some who will pan this album. Don't listen to them!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Heiberg on October 13, 2012
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This was a present for my husband's birthday and neither one of us were disappointed. We have all the previous Fourplay music. I was so afraid that, as so often happens to bands that have played together consistently well, the group would veer off onto an unusual path in the quest for something new and end up with something just different and not pleasing. Espirit De Four is a gem, each song better than the next! Loved it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele Wilson-Morris on November 6, 2012
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Fourplay, the contemporary jazz group known for their incredibly smooth jazz, recently released their newest album, "Esprit De Four". Let me just say this: Some things only get better with time, and Fourplay appears to be in that category. The album is sizzling hot from the moment it begins until the very last note is played, and has been met with critical acclaim and garnered praise from fans as well. How do they do it? I think the proper word is SYNERGY. The four (keyboardist Bob James, bassist/vocalist Nathan East, guitarist Chuck Loeb, and drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason) are immensely talented musicians individually. However, their combined efforts are greater than the sum of their individual greatness. SYNERGY. They've got plenty of it, and there's enough on the album to satisfy the most discerning of jazz fans. Released on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, "Esprit De Four" belongs in every jazz connoisseur's collection.

"Esprit De Four" embodies contributions from all members of the group, which for more than two decades has been making us feel the groove. "Esprit De Four" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart, which speaks volumes. So does the album, and listeners will love what it's saying.

"December Dream" begins simply and then flows to a full stream and out into a ocean of music. This group simply overwhelms me with their sound. It is pure and very sophisticated as they play in a synchronized flow that is perfectly connected. It doesn't matter which of the four is taking the lead, one can count on it to be consistently outstanding. "December Dream: sets the stage for everything that follows on this very beautiful CD. The overall theme is mellow, however, with Fourplay, even mellow is enormous. This is an album from a very special place of creativity and distinction, and no amount of words that I write can prepare you for just how great it is. This is one of those CDs that you "Run, don't walk, and buy!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Moodie on October 12, 2012
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I own all of the super jazz group FOURPLAY albums and each is a true work of art. The effort applied to each recording is nothing but a painstaking labor of purest love. each album is a complete contrast to what is going on in the world today. They take you to a dimension of complete peace. Each is indeed a dose of tranquility and ESPRIT DE FOUR (THE SPIRIT OF FOUR) is no exception. One observation..as a longtime fan I am detecting predictability (though not a problem.)
This jazzy,smooth record, with ten pieces total is worth every penny. Songs are.."DECEMBER DREAM", "FIREFLY" is my very most loved effort here, very well done!."VENUS" is just so relaxing, another excellent effort. Fast and swift is "SONNY MOON", followed by the most tranquil yet busy "PUT OUR HEARTS TOGETHER". NATHAN EAST'S vocal caress on the sensuous "ALL I WANNA DO" is so fitting here. "LOGIC OF LOVE" is like an autumn wind, so cool.. "ESPRIT DE FOUR" is like a fusion of jazz and R&B, it's pretty good as well. "SUGOI" is another favorite too, with a little oriental essense, it's sure to please. Then finally is the vocal version of "PUT OUR HEARTS TOGETHER" with Japan's lady crooner SEIKO MATSUDA, she sounds very well.
An album you can relax to, an album you can meditate to, an album you can be alone with, an album to set the mood, an album for any pleasing occasion...A precious gift indeed..I can't keep it to myself..FOURPLAY has shared it with me, so allow them to share it with you..
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Wright on September 18, 2012
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I have been a fan of this very dynamic group since their inception. I own every single one of their albums and have even seen them in concert a few times. I usually buy their music the day they release a new album. Their music is always great and always worth having on your ipod. Great driving music or listening to while cooking a meal at home or relaxing with your companion. If you don't own any of their other albums it is definitely worth going back and listening and purchasing their past albums. They release new music every two years (like clockwork). Very contemporary style. No wonder they are consider one of only a handful of jazz super groups. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maryland Tracker on October 23, 2013
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I've been crazy about this group from the beginning. Extraordinary musicians. Each is a master in his own right. Together they are a symphony of smoothness. Don't hesitate to get this disc, you'll love it!
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