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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B00019PDHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pianist/composer Bob James made his fame as top-selling smooth jazz pioneer and his theme song to the TV show Taxi is one of the most familiar melodies in syndication. But his roots are in straight-ahead jazz. On this CD with bassist James Genus and drummer Billy Kilson, James pays tribute to his piano heroes and drops some surprises into the mix. His treatment of Nat "King" Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right," is driven by hip-hop rimshots, and Mal Waldron's classic ballad "Soul Eyes" is syncopated with a Latin lilt. James's most impressive act of syncopated subversion is his take on the Petula Clark hit "Downtown." Somehow Bob James manages to keep it smooth and jazzy. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Curtis on February 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anything Bob James records is great and once again he proves why he is one of the top musicians of all time. Bob plays freely, improvising throughout the CD. Whether playing Traditional Jazz or Smooth Jazz, Bob has a way to make you feel good. The first Bob James Trio album was a classic. It has been a long time coming but this one was worth the wait! Fantastic!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sameer Kazerooni on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am writing this review while I am listening to this CD for the first time. This CD is amazing. I have been listening to Bob James music for the past 20 years and he is one of my favourite piantist (My favourite pianist is Chick Corea).

This CD is truly fantastic and the quality of music is first class.

I hope that Bob James sticks to this style of playing although his playing style is fantastic but this type of music is on a much higher level.

Recommended for all Bob James Fans
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By D. Stanley on February 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
have been waiting for forty years for bob james to return to the straight ahead jazz trio format and this offering is a must have gem.from beginning to end every track reinforces his consumate talent and has the ability to put a stupid smile on your face for days.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Abbott on March 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This sophmore follow up to the first Bob James Trio "Straight Up" is perhaps the best of the two. Here he paired with James Genus on Bass and Billy Kilson on Drums as opposed to "Straight Up" with Brian Blades on Drums and Christian McBride on Bass.

Not to disparage the bass and drum musicians on these sessions. But to my mind Ron Carter on Bass and Steve Gadd on Drums would have made a world of difference.

In doing jazz in a trio setting, there is little room for error and all must be on top of their game for this to work out. So all jazz trio sessions will ultimely be gauged to the mesmerizing work of Bill Evans and his trios. No one has done it better.

What we have here is a pleasant excercise in the trio setting. I don't know if Bob James was trying for a Bill Evans effect or not. But this could have been in that vein.

Don't get me wrong here. I like this album a lot and has a permanent place in my rotation as does his first effort.

In fact I ernestly await the third jazz trio session if and when Bob James gets around to it. I think he needs to be paired with jazz musicians that will push his art in jazz trio to the next level. Both of these albums are very good indeed, but I am still looking for that magic touch that I know Bob James has in trio settings.

Overall I highly recommend this album to anyone that embraces jazz in a trio setting.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Klaus Schlenstedt on April 21, 2004
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Für die Puristen unter den Jazz Fans eine sehr lohnenswerte Anschaffung. James geht mit dieser Platte zurück zu seinen Anfängen. Absolut geniale Interpretationen von Jazz-Größen wie Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, Glenn Gould, Ahmad Jamal, Nat King Cole, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, John Lewis, und Mal Waldron.
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