About the Artist
In the past, the saxophonist/producer/songwriter has recorded his albums by following a creative process that James calls "an organic flow. Usually I'll cut the whole record and figure out afterwards what the vibe was." That model has served James well. His unique gift of making the saxophone sing like a human voice has resulted in millions of albums sold over the past 16 years (including four that have been RIAA certified gold). But for his new Concord CD, Send One Your Love, a sublime collection of ten seductive love songs, James decided to take a different path.
"This is a departure for me, to make a concept album," says James, who calls Send One Your Love (with a street date set to coincide with Valentine's Day) the "ultimate musical Valentine." "I was looking to do something different on this record. Some people have very kindly said that my sound is seductive in the same way that Barry White and Marvin Gaye's were. The great thing about some of their records was they could really set a romantic mood, so I decided to try to create my own make-out record, inspired by the soul music of the `70s. "
Send One Your Love features stunning covers of songs by Stevie Wonder (the title track), the Stylistics ("Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)," Barry White ("I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby"), John Klemmer ("Touch") and James Taylor ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" introducing Atlanta singer, Quinn). The CD also showcases four new James compositions, highlighted by the evocative tune "City of Light," co-written by keyboardist Tim Carmon, (known for his work with Eric Clapton).
James plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophones on Send One Your Love. "Choosing the saxophone for each song is kind of like casting for a movie." he says, "Some songs just feel right on one horn." He also opts for a full string section on four cuts in lieu of synthesized orchestration. "I love the sound of live strings," James says, "it definitely plays up the romance!"
"I spent a lot of time figuring out what the order of the songs was going to be," James says. "I wanted this to be an album, not just a collection of songs. I wanted to tell a romantic story from the beginning to the end."
No doubt his legions of fans will agree he's succeeded and James will be out on the road supporting the c.d. throughout 2009. Of his live show The Philadelphia Tribune said "To put it mildly, Boney James... was THE BOMB. An unbelievable technician who knows how to work a crowd... A tough act to follow."
According to Boney, "The communal experience of playing live - that's why I became a musician in the first place. It's exciting and liberating. It never gets old for me."