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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


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?

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: September 16, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 19 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002NHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James R. Prater on 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 By E. B. Hopkins on June 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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 By J.A. Johnson on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aldred Warren on October 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quietstorm on 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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By Jazz B. on July 7, 2008
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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By M. R. Jones on January 13, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This c.d. has become my favorite recording by B.J., if not of all time, for personal reasons . I feel that certain music can be the soundtrack to special moments in your life, and this c.d. definitely proves it! Sometimes jazz artists get criticized for producing music that's considered too pop, too commercial or too...WHATEVER! For me, however, what truly matters is whether or not it evokes any emotion-and this one definitely does! Although it is 14+ years old, it perfectly expresses my feelings about a brief romantic experience I had in late August of 2014 and the road trip it involved. Hard to explain, but I can't stop playing this disc!
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A very beautiful cd of the master Bob James!!! This cd is another example of the great talent and exquisite musical sensibility of Bob James. Through these 10 tunes we find an artist accomplished in search of sound perfection. Beautiful musical arrangements and very interesting the theme "Playing With Fire" where he based his arrangement in a work of Frederick Chopin. Exquisite!
We can only enjoy this beautiful cd.
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