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Bob James

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Bob Adam’ recordings possess practically defined pop/jazz and crossover in the past couple of decades. Very inspired by pop and film music, James provides often highlighted R&B-ish soloists (especially Grover Washington, Jr.) who put in a jazz contact to what is actually an instrumental pop place. He actually began in music moving in a very much different path. In 1962, Adam documented a bop-ish trio established for Mercury, and 3 years afterwards his record for ESP was quite avant-garde, with digital tapes useful for effects. Over time with Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became a studio room musician, and by 1973 was organizing and working being a manufacturer for CTI. In 1974, Adam documented his first solely commercial effort being a head; he afterwards produced big-selling albums for his very own Tappan Zee label, Columbia, and Warner Bros., including collaborations with Earl Klugh and David Sanborn. Adam remains relatively active in the studio room and since 2000 provides released many albums including Dance on the Drinking water in 2001, That Steamin’ Feelin’ in 2002, Hi-Fi in 2003, and Urban Flamingo in 2006, amongst others. In 2011, he became a member of pianist Keiko Matsui for Altair & Vega. 2 yrs afterwards, he shipped his second cooperation with saxophonist David Sanborn, 2013’s Quartette Humaine. In 2015, Wayne combined with bassist Nathan East around the laid-back studio-session, THE BRAND NEW Great.

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Full Name Bob James
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Keyboard Player, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist
Education University of Michigan
Nationality American
Spouse Judy Heric
Parents Albert Lamkin James, Alice McElhiney
Siblings Katherine James
Awards Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album – Group, Band or Duo
Music Groups Fourplay
Music Songs Angela, Westchester Lady, Nautilus, Take Me To The Mardi Gras, Feel Like Makin' Love, Tappan Zee, Shamboozie, Night Crawler, You're As Right As Rain, Night On Bald Mountain, Maputo, Love Lips, Where The Wind Blows Free, Joy Ride, One Mint Julep, Caribbean Nights, Since I Feel For You, Sign of the Times, The Steamin' Feelin', Raise the Roof, Moon Tune, Valley Of The Shadows, Morning, Noon & Night, Lotus Leaves, Women of Ireland, We're All Alone, Bisso Baba, Sun Runner, Deep in the Weeds, In The Garden, Where I Wander, Wingapo
Albums Double Vision, One on One, Touchdown, Sign of the Times, One, BJ4, Two, Grand Piano Canyon, The New Cool, QUARTETTE HUMAINE, Lucky Seven, Three, Foxie, Angels of Shanghai, Heads, All Around the Town, Two of a Kind, Playin' Hooky, Joined at the Hip, Cool, H, Obsession, Joy Ride, Hands Down, Urban Flamingo, Heartfelt, Ivory Coast, The Very Best of Bob James, Morning, Noon & Night, Just Friends: The Hamilton Hall Sessions, Christmas Eyes, Botero, When The Darkness Calls, In the Words of a Song, Restless, FUSION CLASSICS ON TAPPAN ZEE(3) THREE, All Around the Town (Live) (Remastered), FUSION CLASSICS ON TAPPAN ZEE(1) ONE, Bob James & Keiko Matsui, FUSION CLASSICS ON TAPPAN ZEE(2) TWO
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella
Movies Daniel, Hamlet


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Enemy of the People 1990 TV Movie
Great Performances 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Taxi 1978-1983 TV Series 106 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary writer: "Follow The Leader"
Cop Out 2010 performer: "Follow the Leader" / writer: "Follow the Leader"
Breaking Bad 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Numb3rs TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Take the Lead 2006 writer: "I Like That You Can't Take That Away from Me"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game performer: "Nautilus" / writer: "Nautilus" - as Robert M. James
8 Mile 2002 performer: "Last Dayz"
Boiler Room 2000 performer: "Keepin' the Faith"
Man on the Moon 1999 performer: "Angela" 1982 / writer: "Angela" 1982
Double Jeopardy 1999 performer: "Moodstar" / writer: "Moodstar"
The Big Hit 1998 writer: "Gots Like Come on Thru"
The Critic 1994 TV Series music - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 90210 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary performer: "Rain" / writer: "Rain"
Wild Style 1983 Documentary performer: "Take Me To The Mardi Gras"
The King of Comedy 1982 writer: "Jerry Langford Theme", "Rupert's Theme"
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1981 writer - 1 episode, 1981
Stormy 1980 performer: "You're As Right As Rain", "Where The Wind Blows Free", "Tappan Zee", "Westchester Lady", "Women Of Ireland", "Farandole L'Arlesienne Suite #2" - uncredited / writer: "Where The Wind Blows Free", "Tappan Zee", "Westchester Lady" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Daniel 1983 composer: additional music
Taxi TV Series composer - 1 episode, 1982 music by - 1 episode, 1978
Serpico 1973 conductor / music arranger

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album 1985 Video Himself - keyboards (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Theme


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