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Quartette Humaine

Bob James, David SanbornAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00BKES408
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Quartette Humaine is the first creative collaboration between keyboardist-composer Bob James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn since their million-selling, Grammy-winning album, Double Vision, twenty-five years ago. With Quartette Humaine, James and Sanborn eschew the pop and R&B production values that mark large chunks of their careers and offer instead an all-acoustic quartet recital consisting of six new compositions by James, three pieces by Sanborn and a James-arranged standard. Joined by legendary drummer Steve Gadd and bass giant James Genus, Quartette Humaine is reflective and swinging with unfailingly melodic improvising and beautiful tonalities. "We felt it's far more exciting and adventurous to move forward," James says. "Times have changed and we have changed." Adds Sanborn, "At this stage of my life, I wanted more than anything to play music that's challenging and fun, outside the style we've been associated with." It's a poignant coincidence that the recording sessions occurred a week after the death of iconic pianist-composer Dave Brubeck, and the album evokes the sound of the Brubeck quartet with Paul Desmond. Bob James and David Sanborn have produced another masterpiece.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They took it to the next level! June 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I didn't buy this CD on Amazon. I went to a David Sanborn & Bob James concert, heard the music live first and then bought it after the show. These guys blew me away! I couldn't begin to describe this music. You just have to listen to it. They said that one of the songs, "Follow Me", was written as a tribute to Dave Brubeck. The drummer and the young man playing the upright bass did a fabulous job too.

I don't know if Amazon will let me paste it, but here's a link to them on YouTube:

As an aside, while waiting in line to get an autograph that night, I saw David Sanborn talking to a little kid. He was curious about all things saxpohone. David was so kind and patient while he answered every one of this little boy's questions. That really impressed me. Made me like him even more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album! May 31, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I just bought the album on Google Play, and it is fantastic! I only got the 9 songs for $8.99. The album is definitely more straight-ahead jazz based than the more pop oriented Double Vision. I love both straight ahead jazz and pop (I tend to like more sophisticated pop), and if you have the patience to absorb the deeper meaning behind straight ahead jazz, you will enjoy this album.

It is interesting to see how my appreciation of music has changed over the decades. When Double Vision was released, I was in my teens, and I appreciated the intensity and "need to impress" of that album. Now, in my forties, I have developed the patience and life experience necessary to appreciate much more sophisticated music. That is what Quartette Humaine is: grown up people's music. If you only enjoy Taylor Swift or Rihanna, this album will probably not be your cup of tea. But if you like Basia, Norah Jones, or Cassandra Wilson, you will enjoy this album. I have listened to it multiple times, and it is like a Picasso painting: there are so many nuances and layers that more is revealed each time that I listed to it. Double Vision is like a very slick drawing by a good speed artist; Quartette Humaine is like a piece drawn by a master painter who has taken years to develop his craft, and who is a master of subtle expression.

I give it 10 out of 10 stars.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Album by Two Jazz Greats! May 22, 2013
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I have listened to this album several times since I received it yesterday. I love it! It's an excellent companion to their first album, "Double Vision" from 1986. Some may find the album boring because Bob James and David Sanborn didn't take a lot of chances with the selections. They're all pretty laid back and easy on the ears.

My favorite track would have to be "Sofia" because it's just beautiful. The first two tracks are very nice too. That's not to take away from the rest of the album, which is very good. Honestly, there isn't a bad piece on the CD.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Bob James quartet CD "Quartette Humaine" August 5, 2013
By mrmawg
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The CD arrived at my home mailbox about 3 weeks ago. Packaging was more than adequate in protecting the CD during shipment. Mr. James and Mr. Sanborn and the other great musicians who performed on this CD have created an utterly superb jazz production for the public to enjoy. I would love to hear these gentlemen perform this great suite of music in a live setting. Thank you once again, Amazon, for providing me this superb musical effort at such a great price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Double Vision, but still a good recording December 20, 2013
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After this pair's classic, Double Vision, nothing else has yet equalled that piece. This recording is still worth having in your collection, but if you're expecting something as great as Double Vision, you'll be left a bit disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth masters July 14, 2014
By Barb
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Two smooth jazz masters work so well together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! July 8, 2014
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Good Stuff!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for.... April 7, 2014
By gixer44
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These artists are great, two of my all time favorites! I just expected something different. Their last CD was something special!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay - nothing special
I too like their past work, Double Vision. I've seen Sanborn in person, and I've praised other work by James. Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Westphal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great jazz, nice price and super fast shipping would recommend, in fact I do recommend this product to anyone that desires or likes jazz
Published 9 months ago by Frank C. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars How could it be anything but great?
Bob and David together are always wonderful. Creative, unexpected interpretations, great new stuff. Can't go wrong with anything they do.
Published 10 months ago by J Carol Kirchner
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob James & David Sanborn playing together Again
This is a great CD. Bob James & David Sanborn still are at the top of their careers. Steve Gadd sound great on drums. I enjoy all the songs.
Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey M. Steron
4.0 out of 5 stars THE OLD DAYS
Published 12 months ago by T. W. WESTCOTT
4.0 out of 5 stars Can be more Humaine.
This session of music was not as upto standards as Double Vision. Tunes as in harmony seem to get lost at times.Still like the original MAPUTO . Read more
Published 12 months ago by David M Zapata
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave and Bob...great team!
I've owned Dave Sanborn recordings from his beginning. I am a sax player myself. I like everything he has done including this move away from over processing his sound. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alan Klingaman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great follow up album
Yup I said album I'm that old. Wow is all I can say about this one. The album that these two did around 20 years ago now has been a favorite of mine since it came out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ByronS
4.0 out of 5 stars tight
These guys a great by their selfs but together not bad as well it is a jazz mix of cool jazz not their smooth jazz sound
Published 13 months ago by James E. Joyce
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