Bob James to release new ‘live’ album and video

Bob James recording Bob James Live!
Bob James recording Bob James Live!

Feel Like Making LIVE! is a celebration of Bob James’ unique artistry and reflects a storied career that stretches back 59 years.

In his newest release – due out January 2022 – James is reunited with the piano trio format, which was how the Grammy-winning Missouri-born musician began his professional music career back in 1963.

Consisting of bassist Michael Palazzolo along with drummer Billy Kilson, their blend of youth and experience is an exciting combination on Feel Like Making LIVE!, an album which reaches back in time to embrace Bob James’s musical roots, but it’s a retrospective with a difference: it was recorded live in the studio.

James and the trio’s performance is captured on a unique audio-visual release using the best available vision and recording standards, including Dolby Atmos sound and 4K ultra high definition video. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

James serves up tasty morsels from different phases in his career. They range from the much-loved gentle ballad, ‘Angela,’ which the pianist wrote for the long-running US sitcom, Taxi, starring Danny DeVito, to the iconic ’70s jazz-funk groove, ‘Westchester Lady’.

He also revisits the ’70s with the eerie ‘Nautilus,’ originally a relatively obscure cut on James’ first CTI album, One, but which gained fame after being sampled myriad times by a plethora hip-hop artists. James is still amazed at the song’s longevity.

“It’s been such a crazy thing that’s taken place with a song that no one was paying attention to when I first recorded it in 1974. So it came as a shock to me, 20 years later, to discover that the rappers and the hip-hop community had found it and given the groove a life of its own,” he says.

Another gem lifted from James’s back catalogue is his mellow instrumental reading of Roberta Flack’s hit, ‘Feel Like Making Love’ which appeared on his first CTI album and helped to launch the pianist’s solo career in 1974.

James’s trio also throws in some musical surprises on Feel Like Making LIVE!, reconfiguring Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ into an old school-style blues number and giving UK chanteuse Petula Clark’s 1964 chart-topper, ‘Downtown’, a jazz-meets-classical music makeover.

This New Jazz Trio live-studio recording audio products will be released by evosound in 28 January 2022 and will be available in five different physical formats including a 180gram Limited Numbered orange double vinyl LP, SA CD, MQA-CD, MQA-CD, blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The hybrid SACD includes the DSD stereo and 5.1 surround sound for the ultimate sound quality experience. MQA is an award-winning technology that delivers the sound of the studio. MQA-CD plays on all CD players.

When a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device, the CD will reveal the original master quality. The live in-the-studio recording was stylishly filmed in 4K and recorded in high resolution audio and is available in Ultra HD blu-ray, which includes immersive sound with Dolby Atmos in Dolby TrueHD and Auro 3D. Bonus tracks and in-depth interviews are included. The music will also be available in uncompressed stereo at 96kHz / 24bit stereo formats.

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