‘Fourplay’

‘Fourplay’ is their eponymous debut album (featuring Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East & Bob James) released on September 17, 1991 by Warner Bros. Records.

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Track listing : 1.Bali Run (Lee Ritenour, Bob James) – 05:32 . 2.101 Eastbound (Nathan East, Marcel East) – 05:57 . 3.Foreplay (Lee Ritenour) – 05:26 . 4.Moonjogger (Bob James) – 06:16 . 5.Max-O-Man (Harvey Mason, Sr., Michael Lang) – 05:33 . 6.After the Dance (Marvin Gaye, T-Boy Ross, Leon Ware) – 06:05 . 7.Quadrille (Marvin Gaye, Bob James) – 05:43 . 8.Midnight Stroll (Harvey Mason, Sr.) – 04:44 . 9.October Morning (Lee Ritenour) – 05:01 . 10.Wish You Were Here (Lee Ritenour) – 06:11 . 11.Rain Forest (Bob James) – 06:05 .

Musicians : Fourplay – . Bob James – Yamaha C7 Midi Grand Piano, Synthesizers, Keyboards and Programming . Nathan East – Yamaha LB1 5-String Bass, TRB 6-String Bass, Background vocals . Lee Ritenour – Guitar; Gibson ES-335, Gibson L-5, Gibson Midi-Max Guitar Synthesizer, Gibson Chet Atkins Electric/Classical Guitar, Roger Sadowski Electric/Classical Guitar . Harvey Mason – Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Racks, Brady Snare Drums, Vic Firth Drums Sticks . Patti LaBelle – Background vocals . Philip Bailey – Background vocals . El DeBarge – Lead Vocals on (6), Background vocals .

Production Produced by Fourplay . Don Murray – Engineer . Mike Kloster – Assistant Engineer . Marcel East – Engineering & Overdubs . Don Murray – Engineer, Mixing . Clif Norrell – Assistant Engineer . Robert Vosgien – Digital Editing & Mastering . Wally Traugott – Mastering . Spencer Chrislu – Mastering, .

Package : Kim Champagne – Art Direction . Brian Lee – Graphic Design . Stuart Watson – Photography . Leslie Wintner – Design .

Recorded in 1991 at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, California .

Released on September 17, 1991 by Warner Bros. Records.

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Audioholics
There’s so much good music on this CD, I guess it’s easiest just to start with what I didn’t like: Bali Run and After The Dance (featuring El DeBarge on vocals). To be fair, the latter cut got a lot of airplay due to El DeBarge’s popularity at the time, but I just don’t enjoy vocal tunes taking the spot of what could be another great instrumental jazz tune (and if you talk to the artists, they will more often than not tell you it’s the fault of the record company). […]

Gavin W. @ Amazon
Whoever’s idea it was to bring Ritenour and James together, it was a master stroke. For me, neither had quite fulfilled their potential as solo artists. Each had written some great tracks but never seemed to pull enough of them together at the same time to make a great solo album. […]

allmusic
The music sounds more or less like a Bob James small-group date with Ritenour as a major soloist. The style is between jazz, R&Band pop with an emphasis on lightweight originals, soulful and moderately funky rhythmsand predictable radio-friendly music. […]

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