Bob James

Snapshot

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Snapshot is a budget-line compilation focusing on Bob James' '70s recordings. The '70s were prime years for the keyboardist, who pioneered a smoother, more R&B-influenced jazz sound. Included here are such cuts as "El Verano," "Love Lips," and "Feel Like Making Love." Also included is James' classic theme song to the TV sitcom Taxi. However, while most of the tracks here are from the '70s, there are several later-career cuts toward the end of of the disc, including "...Stop That!" off 1990's Grand Piano Canyon and "Niles a Head" from 2006's Urban Flamingo. While there are more essential James collections available, Snapshot is a pleasant listen.

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