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FourplayAudio CD
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For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued ... Read more in Amazon's Fourplay Store

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  • Audio CD (July 23, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bluebird / RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B0000690BJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to believe that this is the eighth Fourplay album. It seems that the group tried so hard to duplicate the commercial success of their first three albums that they sleepwalked through the next three. Now freed from the corporate culture of the monolithic record company they once answered to, the supergroup has re-energized and finally, after 10 years, surpassed the artistic success of their marvelous self-titled debut. It's as if some of their smooth-jazz slickness has been worn away, because Heartfelt actually shows there are some hard edges to the group. Oh sure, Harvey Mason's "That's the Time," Larry Carton's "Rollin,'" and Nathan East's "Let's Make Love," may find their way to radio and help push album sales, but on many of the tracks, including two they wrote collectively ("Galaxia," "Café L'Amour"), there's a bit too much sizzle for airplay. Carlton has really settled into the group and he actually has some burning guitar solos that will also never be heard on said staid airwaves. On a couple of tracks, Bob James echoes his very popular '70s keyboard sound, especially "Break It Out," which is very reminiscent of his classic "Westchester Lady." --Mark Ruffin

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Fourplay back to the Groove October 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Fourplay for a long time, and have all of their releases. While Elixir is probably still my favorite, this disc comes really close to the energy and chemistry on that one. The first track is one of the highlights of the disc. It sucks you right in and sets the mood quite well. It's atypical of their previous work and sounds fresh and exploratory. The next few tracks follow the standard Fourplay time signatures and chord progressions. Then there's the obligatory vocal track - 'Let's Make Love', which could have easily been left off to increase this collection to 4 1/2 or 5 stars. Nathan should save his songwriting for a solo disc and save us the time skipping over his tracks on the Fourplay discs. Then the group collectively kick it up a notch on 'Tally Ho' and Cafe L'Amour, which are wonderful compositions, again very fresh and energized sounding. Fourplay sets the bar pretty high for a lot of the jazz pretenders out there fiddling with their programming. There's nothing like the chemistry of a group where every musician is above par and allowed to contribute their musical talents to find new heights.
12 tracks: playing time: 66:03
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tired of the polish of the radio stuff..? November 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Somebody really cool that they respect must have gotten to these guys and said, "Enough already; just play".
A couple of the tracks still sit pretty pat in the contemporary jazz radio chair ("Let's Make Love" being the most blatant culprit here), but much of this record is simply too cool and out-of-the-norm to fall inbetween Marion Meadows and the 13th Sade song that hour on your average radio dial. There's WAY less vocal action here for once, allowing the band to really show off why getting together in the first place was such a good idea: all of these guys are legends in their own right and having them play together is asking for a great time. They seem to be reaching backwards a little, with grooves and arrangements that challenge casual listening but keep you nodding your head with the Bob James USED to do all of the time (not Grover Washington-period funky, but definitely in line with his 80s stuff before it went too soft). "Galaxia" and "Cafre L'amour" have some serious teeth.
If you miss the Yellowjackets circa 1990, or the local jazz radio station seems to run the same sax player over a Lisa Stansfield beat one too many times for your taste anymore, get this record. It's sharp as a tack and I'm sure will make some long-standing fans turn their heads a little, but will recover longtime fans of the players who wrote this group off about album #3 or so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Their Best Effort to Date August 17, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I'm still on Cloud 9 after seeing them perform live at the Mountain Winery. Their performance of Tally Ho convinced me once and for all that "Heartfelt" is their best effort to date. I received Heartfelt right after its release and have not been able to stop listening to it. The entire CD is great and has something to appeal to all tastes. There's even a bluesy tune, "Ju-Ju", to appeal to Larry's fans. Complementing the incredibly great musicianship displayed on this CD is a fantastic production, reminescent of Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature". In summary, Fourplay has finally been allowed to let loose and show their stuff. I would be surprised if this effort is not a Grammy winner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great album but buyers skip track 5 January 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've just recently bought this cd and i absolutely love it. Bob, Nathan, Larry and Harvey play together very well and you can tell that the all the music blends in together. For instance take Larry's Guitar playing, He is absolutely marvelous, the nice soft upbeat strumming of each string just makes you wanna buy his solo albums which are very hard to find. And Bob's Piano playing, his hands joyfully dancing on the keys. Nathan's soft quiet Bass in the backround and Harvey's mellow drumming. You can tell that these band members get along very well. Just look at their smiling faces on the cover of the album. These guys are at peace with themselves and each other. They really like what they do. The only song I have issues with is track 5 "Lets Make Love" That song was so out of place it aint even funny. Did we really need Babyface's vocals on that song? i think it could've been a lot better if he wasn't singing. So buyers if you are considering buying this album. Skip Track 5
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another really nice one from Fourplay January 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I got into Fourplay when their first album came out. At that time Lee Ritenour was the guitarist. I really loved the way Rit's sound fit into the band. He and Bob James really seem to be on the same wavelength. I have always been a big Bob James fan as well.
When Ritenour was replaced by Larry Carlton I felt that Carlton's didn't fit as well with the band. But this album features some great music and Carlton seems to fit better into the groove on this CD and offers up some really nice acoustic work. I say this despite my personal disdain for Mr. Carlton as he egotistically refused to sign an autograph on one of his CD's at a show in New York in '97 or so. I mean, he's standing right there doing nothing, here's a long time fan that has bought all his stuff not to mention paid a bunch of money to see the live show...c'mon.
Anyway, this is a great CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Amazon Experience
In my mind Fourplay does no wrong. Another Great Amazon Experience
Published 24 days ago by Retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice Smooth Jazz CD
This is one of several smooth jazz CDs I recently purchased and it fits right in with my collection. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Beky Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourplay, Heartfelt
Another repetitive review by me. I like Fourplay and I enjoy this album. For my money, these guys have an unusual ability to present upbeat yet relaxing music. Recommended...
Published 2 months ago by Mark Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars This is GREAT music
This sets the mood for when I want to "chill out" with a glass of wine. I enjoy this to put the house in a mellow mood. EXCELLENT!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fourplay - my boys
I like them so much that I decided to stock up my library with their work. I am pleased with the purchase!
Published 8 months ago by George A Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is one the great jazz combos. They play off of each other very well. I look forward to see them release other cds.
Published 14 months ago by Albert W. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars CD item is great - album is 1 of their best...
Received CD (that's good) Today but disappointed Again with shipping service thru DHL (& it's tendered to USPS also, takes longer - been thru all this with DHL a few times before)... Read more
Published 14 months ago by tb
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
The CD case was fine as was the music. I am going to see Fourplay April 20th at the Variety Playhouse.
Published 16 months ago by W. E. Elston
These guys have become the companions I reach for when I get in the car and head out for the day's activities. I love the smooth mellow sound they generate.
Published 20 months ago by freelady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music
Fourplay is one of my favorite jazz groups. This cd is simply great! I listen to if often and loaded on my iphone to listen at work.
Published 20 months ago by Nannette Matthews
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