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Joy Ride

Bob JamesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000JQZD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take Me There
2. Raise The Roof
3. It's All Right
4. Swingset
5. Joy Ride
6. What's Up
7. Fly By
8. The First Time
9. Strollin'
10. Sweet Talk Me Now
11. Trade Winds
12. Bisso Baba

Editorial Reviews

Adorned with contributions from roughly two dozen friends and guests, Joy Ride serves as a smooth-jazz group hug, and at its center is pianist Bob James, exuding warmth and ample feel-good energy throughout this disc's 12 selections. Concluding his fourth decade as a recording artist, the ageless pianist surrounds himself with a new guest list on almost every track, and the diversified results are flavorful, predictable, and eminently satisfying for fans of the genre. James's rotating ensemble at times included guitarist Chuck Loeb (who also produced and helped write two cuts), Boney James (who glows on the album's lone sax-dominated tune, "Raise the Roof,"), Chris Botti, Lee Ritenour, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler and, well, on it goes. Name a musical flavor--urban, pop, funk, R&B, even faint traces of world music--and James stirs it into his stew for all seasons. --Terry Wood

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Joy Ride by Bob James

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Joy Ride I Have Ever Been On! November 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD is very, very good. Just start off with "Take Me There" and when you get to #2 "Raise The Roof" Boney James can do it for you. You will get stuck there. This CD not only has Bob at his best and the Master Sax player, Boney James, but also Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, Norman Brown, Lee Ritenour, Four Play, Brian Culbertson, Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler, all who have contributed their talent to the music on this CD -- and the guest list goes on. Between "Take Me There" and "Raise The Roof" you cannot resist being on this "Joy Ride." You will be playing this CD over and over again (and for sure #2). This CD is headed straight to #1.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every track is great January 8, 2000
By dj
Format:Audio CD
There are very few CDs where every track is great, and "Joy Ride" is one of them. Just put it in and hit 'shuffle'. This CD has some very intricate piano pieces, none of which are too wild or take on strange tangents. Bob James invited several other professionals like Boney James and Fourplay to perform on the CD, making it truly amazing. This CD does not contain any of the slower "Playboy" style of jazz. All of it is clean and wonderful to hear. [Bass enthusiasts won't be disappointed; the bass lines are full of off beats and fills] If you're a fan of wonderful piano music, this ranks up there with Jim Brickman and Erik JoHansen. Definitely buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it for a spin! October 12, 2002
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Bob James continues to be at the top of his game, and it shows on this CD! "Take Me There" features Bob at the piano with guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Kim Waters. Fluid smooth! Crank up the volume for "Raise The Roof". Boney James (no relation to Bob) shows his stuff here. "It's All Right" features Norman Brown's trademark guitar sound. Chuck Loeb appears again on the super-funky groove of "Swingset". The title song is one of Bob's brightest numbers, reminiscent of "The Walkman" (from "H"). Check out former Fourplay member Lee Ritenour's dextrous solo. "What's Up" features Bob at the Fender Rhodes, backed up by Brian Culbertson at the keys. "Fly By" has both Harvey Mason Sr. and Jr. along with Fourplay bassist Nathan East supporting Bob's piano licks. "The First Time" showcases the multi-talented David McMurray. East appears again with brother Marcel and Chris Botti on the sauntering "Strollin". Vocalist Rasheeda tears it up on "Sweet Talk Me Now". Fourplay's "Bali Run" is sampled here. "Trade Winds" cools us down with Jonathan Butler. "Bisso Baba" closes us out with Butler and Richard Bona. JOY RIDE is dedicated to the memory of Bob's longtime manager, the late Peter Paul.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great smooth jazz. August 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This latest effort from Bob James can only be classified as great smooth jazz. I'm listening to it as I write this review, and the first five compositions have been outstanding. Some of the finest smooth jazz artist accompany Bob James on this CD. One is Chuck Loeb, whose influence is prominent. Too bad Loeb didn't put the same effort in his latest release "Listen" which is not as good as his last two efforts. In any event, back to Bob James, if you are a baby boomer or like Baby Boomer music taste, buy this CD; its Bob James at his creative best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical $#!+, y'all...EXCELLENT!! February 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm the type of person that the music I listen to has to stand out in order to get my attention. Bob is one of those artists who never fails to get my attention and I've been a fan since I was 16 ("Touchdown" was my introduction to jazz). "Joyride" is his best solo effort in years. It's probably the only CD that I'll end up replacing from playing so much (pat yourself on the back, Bob!). It's not unusual for me to play this CD around people and they would stop the conversation and ask who's playing. I strongly recommend it for casual gathering/cruising background music and those who are just now discovering jazz. The mixture of slow tunes and upbeat stuff does not disappoint. Looking forward to his next release
(both solo and with Fourplay).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Ride..What a joy to listen! May 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been following Bob James since his "Obsession " album (1986) and I must say that sometimes Bob- jams a tune and then falls short on the next one. But on this's a different story. This is a wonderful album from start to finish! I just don't know why the radio stations don't give this artist the recognition he deserves! I have never heard any of his tracks on the radio (104.7). They seem to play the same boring jazz artist..oops. made a mistake..they continue to play artist that they think are jazz artist. (that's better) I haven't bought the CD yet..(I will tomorrow) - my co-worker was JAMMIN' the CD today @ work. I was impressed! This is the BOB JAMES I enjoy. His music is wonderful! I am a big fan and I give this album 5+ stars. Go pick it up! you won't regret it..I promise! Can't wait for the next album. GOOD WORK BOB JAMES!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...and a'ridin' we will go! June 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Great Bob James piece! PERIOD! I've been a Bob James fan since 1987 and my first year in college. I worked at a college radio station and the dj that normally did the "quiet storm" took sick and couldn't do his show. Up until then, my background with the smooth-jazz genre was SHALLOW at best! I remember putting the record on (yes, WAX) and listening to the tune and watching the lights on the phone light up and hearing the people ask, "who is that?" Pure greatness and ever since, I will ALWAYS buy a Bob James CD without listening to it first somewhere! This one is as "juice- jammed" packed as fresh Blueberries from the vendor at your local fruit stand! I'm in awe of this man and his musical talent. Bob, we even are planning to decorate our new home with one of your art pieces! Keep on keep on man!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Smooth Jazz!!!
The first four songs grab you. By the time you reach Joy Ride you're on cruise. Think no longer. Purchase it!!!
Published 9 days ago by Lloyd James
3.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful and Reflective
Even in the mid 1990s, critics were calling saxophone-laden contemporary jazz "done to death". Joy Ride offers a more laid back approach, with emphasis on the keys. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Marggraff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Bob James
Published 1 month ago by sjrcrossfire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great smooth jazz!
Discovered this album at a library years ago and was very impressed with the sound now I got the album and still enjoy it very much.
Published 3 months ago by theColumbian
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved Bob James!
This album lives up to Bob James' legacy! His music is superb! I would purchase all of his albums! Highly recommend this album!
Published 3 months ago by Perfectly Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoooooooth Jazzzzzzzzz!
Some people call it "elevator" music, but they can call it what they want. It's "smooth" jazz, and very easy listening. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bogie Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Listen To!
I basically love Bob James as a musician whether he is alone or with Fourplay; he continues to excel at playing smooth jazz!!!
Published 7 months ago by David Williams Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
I've been listening to Bob James (and Fourplay) since I was 8. More than 20 years later his music is still amazing. This album is one of the my favorites. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mp3
Great MP3, I saw this years ago at borders and always had it on my list. I'm so, glade I ended up getting it! It is good music!
Published 10 months ago by Josef Holzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Was not disappointed
One of my favorite jazz musicians. I was not disappointed. This CD is in my CD player in the car-yes it's a joy ride!!!
Published 13 months ago by Karen
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