Fourplay – Let’s Touch The Sky

Fourplay – Let’s Touch The Sky

Thom Jurek: It would be incorrect to say that not much has changed Fourplay’s sound since they began recording together in 1991. That said, while these musicians — who were all successful artists individually — have continued to evolve, as a group they’ve stayed remarkably focused on what they do best: play elegant, seamless, contemporary jazz with a light sexy groove. Keyboardist Bob James, drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason, and bassist Nathan East have remained constants but guitarists have come and gone: Chuck Loeb replaces Larry Carlton (who originally replaced founding member Lee Ritenour) for Fourplay – Let’s Touch The Sky, Their 11th recording. James’ title track composition kicks things off with a breezy Brazilian groove before strings paint an airy, almost cinematic backdrop. Loeb’s “3rd Degree” ups the funk quotient with some hard-grooving guitar, ever-present rolling breaks by Mason, and some knotty synth work. His “Above and Beyond” provides the kind of guitar-led group interactive euphoria usually associated with Pat Metheny. Mason’s “Pineapple Getaway” has irresistible synth and Rhodes work by James, but it’s Loeb’s stellar guitar work that makes this Caribbean-flavored groover one of the set’s finest moments. …… Let’s Touch The Sky and the band is firing on all cylinder, making this a fine entry in 2010’s contemporary jazz oeuvre.


Fourplay – Let’s Touch The Sky Tracklist

  1.  Let’s Touch The Sky
  2.  3rd Degree
  3.  More Than A Dream
  4.  Pineapple Getaway
  5.  I’ll Still Be Lovin’ You
  6.  Gentle Giant (for Hank)
  7.  A Night In Rio
  8.  Love TKO
  9.  Above and Beyond
  10.  Golden Faders
  11.  You’re My Thrill

Fourplay - Let's Touch The Sky

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