Wikipedia : This day (December 25, 1939), in Marshall, Missouri, is born Bob James, a keyboardist, arranger and producer.
Official Web Site : He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson and Kenny Loggins.
@allmusic : Very influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set.
@last.fm : “Angela”, the instrumental theme from the sitcom Taxi, is probably Bob James’ most well-known work to date. With his song “Take me to the Mardi Gras”, Bob James secured his place in hip-hop history when the song was sampled by RUN-DMC in their song “Peter Piper” from the Raising Hell release.
Video : The Fourplay – Sonnymoon (2012) . Angela . w/ Angels of Shanghai – Celebration (2006) . Westchester Lady . Mind Games (1999) . w/ Fourplay & Chaka Khan – Between The Sheets (1994) . w/ Lee Ritenour – Restoration (1990) . Live At Montreux Touchdown (1985) .