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2011 release from the acclaimed Jazz saxophonist. Contact is a mix of Smooth Jazz and Adult R&B hits and includes appearances from Heather Headley, LeToya Luckett, Mario and Donell Jones.

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"To put it mildly, Boney James... was THE BOMB. An unbelievable technician who knows how to work a crowd... A tough act to follow." -- Philadelphia Tribune
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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B004KWVE3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What can I say? I like the album. Boney James handles his business as usual. I'm buying because it's Boney. That being said, the issue of vocals in jazz albums will never rest. Some like it, some don't. I've had a couple of listens and his sound is evident throughout even during the vocal selections. In addition to contemporary jazz, I like R&B. The critics of this albums vocals miss the fact that what passes for R&B today can't hold a candle to the 4 songs on this set. The jazz purist can never be satisfied. Smooth Jazz stations are going by the wayside all over America; so how can an artist with Boney's talent continue to be relevant? As if no one has ever heard jazz, rock or pop music on a R&B CD. Trust me, the man knows his audience and his roots. His factoring in some vocals is no crime.
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I have been a big fan of Boney James for years and have all of his CD's except for the Christmas CD and go see him in concert every time he comes to whatever city I am living. This CD is okay except Boney is going toward that trend of having too many singers. I like for my smooth jazz artist to have more music and less singers on their CD's. If I want to listen to singers, I would buy R&B and hip hop music.
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Boney has done it again! Boney has stayed true to his signature sound, can you hear that sax? Sure there are vocals on this disc, but the SAX is STILL the lead voice on this album! On the vocal tracks, they seem to compliment each other, his unmistakeable sound still shines through. "Deep Time"-Sexy, "Cry", "Spin", "There and Back" all Slammin' and yes I like "Close to You". Everyone won't be pleased, but hey...... If you are a Boney fan, pick this up, I think you'll enjoy it, if not, play it again! Stay Smooth...dlm
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I have had this CD several days now and have listened to it three or four times. I like it.

My favorite track is "Cry." It's mellow and relaxing.

I'm not a big fan of the R&B pieces with the lyrics. But, they aren't bad. They just aren't my preference.

Boney James fans won't be disappointed with this disc.
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Boney James always makes sure the vocals he adds are top of the line and it is always good. His music gives diverse listeners a chance to hear two times more of what they like - jazz and R&B. He gives diverse artists a chance to be featured and not boxed in. A meshing of music is a good thing. Boney James never misses the goal - you always hear his instruments loud and clear! There is no jazz without R&B and vice versa, if you really think about it. It's all coming from the same place - the soul! Check out "The Look on Your Face" - it's rocking! Boney, keep marinating us however you like!
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I agree with previous review. I have witness Boney in concert about 10 times and I have all of his CDS, this CD is a hit and miss. To much singing and not enough horn playing, we are losing true jazz music. Don't get me wrong I love vocals, but if I wanted vocals, I would buy a vocal CD. Help me out Boney give me a little more of that horn and make the songs longer so can take us in that Boney world. You can't take us there with a 4 min. song. Boney is still a bad sax player and I love his concerts. See you in SC in Sept.
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Following the colossal success of "Send One Your Love" from 2009, fans were anxiously waiting for the follow-up release from Boney James, entitled "Contact". This album contains mostly mellow, slow-tempo songs and vocal tracks, with very little groove & funk which is a little disappointing. The album is nice to have and listen to, but it is not nearly up to par with Boney's previous works. The music is good and Boney still sounds great, but overall it lacks the fire-power that Boney fans expect to hear from one of the best saxophonists in contemporary smooth jazz.

As already mentioned by other reviewers, the biggest flaw of this album is the excessive use of guest artists and vocals (Donell Jones, LeToya Luckett, Mario & Heather Headley). Not that the vocals and vocalists are bad, but the song selection is just simply blasé. They are so easily forgettable. For example, "That Look On Your Face" featuring Mario is an interesting attempt at "house music", accompanied by Boney's tenor sax, but it seems out of place and doesn't really add anything to the album.

The standout tracks are "Contact", "Spin", "Cry" & "Deep Time". Not a must-have, but average Boney is better than no Boney at all.
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Boney James is a true Smooth Jazz legend. One of the finest musical artists this planet has ever produced. I've always loved his silky smooth style and his ever so sultry and dreamy saxophone. His saxophone has such an enchanting tone that you instantly feel like you are being transported to fantasy land whenever you hear it. And this his latest release, Contact gives us another taste of that trademark smooth sound that he has made his own. Whilst Contact doesn't disappoint, I'm afraid it doesn't inspire much as it does not really seem to feature much of Boney and his sax as Contact seems to be more of a Vocal R&B album than an Instrumental Smooth Jazz album. So in terms of an Instrumental Smooth Jazz album it is I'm afraid a little out of "Contact"! It would be a great R&B Jazz album and probably should be categorised as such rather than Smooth Jazz. As a Smooth Jazz album, its just average. It's not great as it does seem to lack a little substance and that is Boney's sax because there are way too many vocals on this set. At least half the album has vocals on it and for that reason I have to agree with the other reviewers on this site when they say that if they want a great vocal R&B album they won't buy Boney they'll buy Marvin or Usher. However, it is not entirely disappointing. It is quite enjoyable and relaxing! Maybe Boney's next release will be more focused instrumentally. Well here's too hoping!
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