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Take virtuoso saxophonist and Smooth Jazz superstar Boney James, add acclaimed trumpeter and Smooth Jazz superstar Rick Braun, mix them together, and shake it up. The NAC-album pairing of the year, Shake It Up brings Boney and Braun together for the first time, and it's a cocktail sure to be a Smooth Jazz blockbuster.

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From Bob James and David Sanborn's Grammy-winning Double Vision to George Benson and Earl Klugh's Collaboration, Warner Bros. Records has released some of the greatest duo projects in smooth jazz. With Rick Braun and Boney James's Shake It Up, the label's tandem projects have hit a new plateau, pairing Braun's jazzy trumpet sensibilities with James's ultra-funk saxophone dynamics. The album title reflects the way the two bounce off and drive each other to artistic heights beyond either's typical solo work. The two horns dance over a shuffle beat and simmering blues keyboard textures on the opening track, "RSVP," first soaring in perfect unison, then breaking for back-and-forth conversation between James's lower smoky tone and Braun's higher-pitched crackling. Their musical chatter builds slowly, culminating in a powerful end chorus. Similarly celebratory are two versions (one vocal) of the jubilant horn hit "Grazin' in the Grass," which features the two swaying as one over jumpy retro guitar and keyboard parts, then blasting off into percussive improvisations. The disc's gentler moments are equally remarkable, notably the silky "More Than You Know" (in which Braun introduces a tender thought and waits for James to complete it) and a smoky, gently grooving cover of Horace Silver's "Song for My Father." --Jonathan Widran

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. R.S.V.P.Boney James & Rick Braun 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Grazin' In The GrassBoney James & Rick Braun 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. More Than You KnowBoney James & Rick Braun 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Shake It UpBoney James & Rick Braun 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Central Ave.Boney James & Rick Braun 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Love's Like That (Featuring Fourplay)Boney James And Rick Braun (Featuring Fourplay) 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Song For My FatherBoney James & Rick Braun 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Chain ReactionBoney James & Rick Braun 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Stars AboveBoney James & Rick Braun 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Grazin' In The Grass (Can You Dig It? Vocal)Boney James & Rick Braun 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004TCP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tawana Hawkins on June 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I happened to see a local circular that advertised this cd for sale. I bought it without benefit of hearing a single song. I love it! R.S.V.P. sets up an incredible jam session of two of the most talented horn players on the planet. Both remakes of Hugh Masekela's Grazin'In The Grass are outstanding. I wasn't familiar with any of the vocalists, but the harmonies are tight. The title cut is a very smooth groove! If this cd is an indication of how hot this summer is going to be musically, we're in for a scorcher. This cd will be burning up the charts in no time. This is a must have for fans of these two extremely talented gentlemen. Also recommended, Seduction by Boney James and Body and Soul by Rick Braun. Awesome cd!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John F. Temmerman on January 20, 2002
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I'd been favorably impressed with the music of Boney James (real name James Oppenheim)that I've heard on the radio. Also, one of my students turned me on to him. This album not only features his smooth technique and big sound on tenor, but also great interplay with Rick Braun on trumpet.
There's a nice mix of covers and originals, the most notable covers being a very hip, yet almost reverent rendition of Horace Silver's Song For My Father and instrumental (better) and vocal versions of Grazin In The Grass made famous by Hugh Masekela. There also is a nice mix of tempos, ranging from ballad to driving.
James is a great player, aside from his sound and technique, his R&B influences shine through. This is a nice album and people who enjoy GOOD smooth jazz and funk will like this.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2000
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Rushed out and bought this at lunch. Two of my favorites artists have created my now favorite cd. Doesn't matter if you're a Boney James fan, Rick Braun fan or just like GREAT music, buy this work of art. I guarantee you'll like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred McGhee on February 19, 2004
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Let me get right to it: this is one of the five greatest smooth jazz albums of all time. There, I said it. Why should you get this record?
First off, even though it is "smooth" or "contemporary jazz" and is played at a very high level, this music is surprisingly accessible. Simply great hooks, fattt beats, and a collaborative vibe that is infectious.
Moreover, the cover art and liner notes are tastefully done, as is the clever title.
Very much a genre benchmark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2004
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I heard this whole CD playin non-stop on some radio station in Dallas and just had to find it. I'm usually more into regular jazz as opposed to smooth jazz, but Rick Braun(trumpet) and Boney James(sax) working together like they do in this album is great. I especially enjoy the remakes of the Freind Of Distinction's Grazin in the grass. Cool, Cool stuff. May God bless us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris T on January 1, 2004
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This is the best smooth jazz collaboration CD I have ever heard. On this disc you get Rick Braun, who himself is a great trumpet player along side Boney James. Boney himself is as smooth of a sax player as you can get. This 2000 realese is very well produced. The two often times take on a song together and never do a song alone. Although there are quite a few a slow songs, the tempo is always raised when a fast one comes on. Key tracks include "R.S.V.P.", "Shakin' It Up", and "Grand Central."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bransfield on August 7, 2000
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While I've enjoyed James' and Braun's music in the past, I would certainly not qualify as a big fan of either of them. But after seeing a video on Ovation of Grazin' in the Grass, I had to give this CD a shot.
While both cuts of Grazin' are very good & accessable, it's Song for My Father that really sticks in my head. I find myself humming this incessently (much to the chagrin of my co-workers). A really first class outing by two musicians who each held their egos in check for the overall quality of the CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GPPassion on October 27, 2000
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This is a great duo. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, like biscuits and gravy, like Micheal Jordan and Scotty Pippen, like an icy road and bald tires. Yes, it's smooth. And it had to happen. Some super remakes, some great new stuff, some riff so deep you just feel them. I'm feelin it. If you like Boney and Ricky, you'll love this album...
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