Thursday, December 16, 2010

Archival Thursdays: Bob James - Touchdown (1978)

Bob James is a master jazzman. His sound has been sampled by almost every prominent hip-hop artist and his influence on smooth-jazz musicians is never ending. I recommend anyone that wants to delve into some Bob James to try his sixth studio album, "Touchdown". It includes the timeless classic 'Angela' which became the theme song for 70's TV show, Taxi. 'Caribbean nights' is another one of my favorites from this LP, with smooth arrangements and an excellent groove. Touchdown is an outstanding example of the late-70s/early-80s fusion sound and features input from legends David Sanborn and Earl Klugh. A must listen!

I found this release at a thrift shop on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens back in 2000 when I lived there.