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Playin Hooky

Bob JamesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: September 16, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Playing With Fire
2. Mind Games
3. The River Returns
4. Organza
5. Hook, Line & Sinker
6. Glass Hearts
7. Night Sky
8. Do It Again
9. Love Is Where
10. Are You Ready?

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The album, ranging from Latin to funk to romantic, is replete with programmed synthesizer and percussion as James alternates acoustic and electric sounds. -- Jazz Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a breather! Try PLAYIN' HOOKY for a change! October 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Bob James treats us to a "musical vacation" on this CD, his solo follow-up to RESTLESS. "Playing With Fire" is a new twist on a familliar melody by Chopin. "Mind Games" is radio-ready, featuring Bob at the Rhodes with Boney James (no relation--his real name is James Oppenheim). "The River Returns" features vocalisation by Bob's daughter Hilary. It bleeds into "Organza", which reminds me an awful lot of "Lotus Leaves". Bob reels us in with the funky "Hook, Line, And Sinker", featuring Oppenheim and a great horn section out front. "Glass Hearts" is a poignant tune, embodying the musical spirit of Jobim and Chopin. "Night Sky" is worthy of musing. New talent Rasheeda puts an orgasmic spin on the Gershwins' "Do It Again". "Love Is Where" features the East brothers Marcel and Nathan, and Rick Braun. "Are You Ready" is a sexually charged tune with some ingenious modulations and chords. True Bob James in every sense of the word!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf June 20, 2000
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Bob James is a JAZZ MASTER..PERIOD! His understanding of the piano and jazz nuances make this ONE of my favorites of his. The CD covers styles from ballads, to Latin and also a little R&B influence, and is BRIMMING with programmed synthesizer and percussion. As I mentioned, top shelf. Add THIS one to your collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bob James Best! April 17, 2006
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I've been a Bob James fan since the early 70's. While I have generally enjoyed his music over the years, I have given him a fair amount of criticism for producing unimaginative "smooth jazz" from time to time. He has created some gems (Three, Touchdown, Grand Piano Canyon) and few clunkers, too (Foxie, Hands Down, 12). However, this CD rates as one of his best efforts. "Playing With Fire" is reminscent of his enjoyable mid 70's compositions and has a nice Latin sound. "Mind Games" has gotten a great deal of airplay and it's always nice to hear Boney James and Bob James collaborate. The big surprises here are "Night Sky" and "Love is Where." Both are superb compositions and are reminders that Bob can write stunningly beautiful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playin Hooky-Bob James October 4, 2001
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I just recieved this CD a belated birthday gift from my sister. an I must say this is a great recording. This is smooth jazz at its best. I have been fan of Bob James for many years. I own several of his recordings some of the early ones on vinyl. This is definitly one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glass Hearts is my favorite song July 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd pay for a CD with only that song on it. In fact if I learned there was a better quality file or disk (of the exact same version of the song) I would probably pay up to fifty bucks for it. It is that good.

The album keeps getting better and better as the years go by. There are four, maybe five songs that I specifically get in the mood to listen to just that song, right now. There are no weak songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take A look! July 7, 2008
By Jazz B.
Format:Audio CD
Bob James: A great living keyboard master. This CD says so. Listen! His keys & the amount of "non real stuff" is controlled nicely. Personnel~Bob James-piano, Rhodes, synths, synth & percussion programming, programming; Michael Colina-drum, synth, percussion & string programming, programming, high vibes; Steve Gadd, Billy Kilson-drums; Nathan East, Chris Walker-bass, voice; James Genus-acoustic bass; Paul Brown-guitar, percussion programming; Jeff Carruthers-synth programming; Dave Samuels-vibes; Emedin Rivera, Cyro Baptista, Lenny Castro-percussion; Nick Moroch-guitar; Hilary James-voice; Ken Freeman-programming Guests- Fareed Haque-acoustic guitar; Chuck Loeb-guitar; Boney James-saxophones; Marcel East-keys, piano solo, drum programming; Rick Braun-trumpet/flugel; Rasheeda-vocals; & a horn section. Enjoy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liking this album very much! February 9, 2014
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I am relatively new to jazz and of the many types, I am leaning towards smooth jazz and, to me, the Bob James Trio definitely has a nitch there. This album is very nice to listen while relaxing, reading or just enjoying quiet time. Some of their other albums can be more lively but just as good!
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