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#1: FOURPLAY X Breaks New Ground in Creative Interaction

Posted on 2006-07-22 07:44:17 by slot

Fourplay - Smooth Jazz Supergroup Releases Tenth Album

Wednesday July 19, 10:00 am ET

FOURPLAY X Breaks New Ground in Creative Interaction
Michael McDonald Featured On First Single, 'My Love's Leavin'

LOS ANGELES, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifteen years of Fourplay seems
too good to be true -- yet with FOURPLAY X the world's top smooth jazz
ensemble makes clear that the pleasure is just beginning.

Scheduled to release on August 8, with radio airplay kicking in on the
Fourth of July, FOURPLAY X, the supergroup's landmark tenth album,
marks a shift from recent experiments in spontaneous composition and
tight deadlines to focus more fully on writing and arrangement as
groundwork for elegant improvisation.

Unlike previous projects, FOURPLAY X began through exchanges of MP3
demos between all four members. The magic of Fourplay is based on the
interactions between keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East,
guitarist Larry Carlton, and drummer Harvey Mason, each a pop music
icon in his own right. By beginning their creative exchanges earlier
than ever on this project, long before they actually gathered in the
studio, they insured that FOURPLAY X would be a milestone in their

The results can be heard in the intricacy of James' alternately breezy
and forceful opening track, "Turnabout," in Carlton's bluesy, Wes
Montgomery- inflected "Cinnamon Sugar," in East's exotic and airy
"Eastern Sky," in Mason's straight-ahead groovefest "Kid Zero" -- in
the polish and conception of each track on FOURPLAY X, making this
their most fully conceived group effort to date.

They bring the same qualities to the table for the one cover, and the
first single, on the album: "My Love's Leavin,'" written and recorded
originally by Steve Winwood and performed here with Michael McDonald.
>From the opening notes -- a percolating synthesizer figure that pays
tribute to Winwood's sound -- through the searing, smoky vocal, "My
Love's Leavin'" shows what a brilliant band can achieve when working in
tandem with a singer of McDonald's caliber.

All four members fill their calendars with sessions and solo projects,
but it remains a priority to keep Fourplay alive as their only true
group endeavor, with each partner an equal contributor. "It's unique in
that we come together as friends as well as musicians who are at the
top of our game," explains East. "I don't think I've had a day off this
year, and the other guys are just as busy. But we always make the time
to get together -- to be honest, mainly because it's fun."

Fourplay debuted with a splash in 1991: Their self-titled debut album
sold more than one million copies and lodged for 33 weeks at the top of
the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. The follow-up, Between the
Sheets, reached number one, earned gold status, and was nominated for a
Grammy in 1993. They went three-for-three in 1995 with their third
release, Elixir, which also hit number one and stayed on the charts for
more than a year and a half. And, as if to save time, their fourth
album, 4, entered the charts at number one.

This early momentum builds with FOURPLAY X as the group begins a
marathon tour that starts with Europe in July; highlights include
headline dates at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. In late
July they continue to Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and
Japan, where a highlight includes an appearance as the only jazz
artists featured at the Udo Music Festival, alongside Santana, Jeff
Beck, the Doobie Brothers, and other rock legends. The U.S. tour begins
on August 19 and 20, with appearances at the JVC Jazz Festivals in
Concord and Los Angeles, California.

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Source: RCA Records

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