The Ultimate Bob James Playlist

New Music Monday: Bob James, Kandace Springs, Nate Wood and more

Bob James is best known as a progenitor of smooth jazz. A two-time GRAMMY Award-winner, he is a founding member of the contemporary jazz group Fourplay, and he has been called the “Godfather of hip-hop” because his songs are often sampled by rap producers. During this quarantine period, he has also been live-streaming daily concerts from his home on his Facebook page. Here’s a roundup of our favorite tracks from across his eclectic career.

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Restoration
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Westchester Lady
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Angela (Theme From Taxi)
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Night Crawler
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

West Coast Blues (feat. Harvey Mason & Bob James)
Lee Ritenour
Smooth Jazz

Touchdown
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Kari [Edit]
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Shamboozie
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Horace
Fourplay
Silver

Brighton By The Sea (Remix ’01)
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Celebrate Me Home
Kenny Loggins
Celebrate Me Home

Ashanti
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Maputo [Edit]
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Joy Ride
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Mister Magic
Grover Washington, Jr.
Mister Magic

Dancing on the Water
Bob James
In the Chapel in the Moonlight

Nautilus
Bob James
One

Foreplay
Fourplay
Fourplay

Kickin’ Back
Bob James
Restoration: The Best Of Bob James

Waltz For Judy
Bob James
The New Cool

Ruby Ruby Ruby
Bob James
12

Altair & Vega
Bob James & Keiko Matsui
Bob James & Keiko Matsui

The Falcon
Earl Klugh
Two Of A Kind

Blue Lick
Bob James
Lucky Seven

Feel Like Making Love
Bob James
One

The Night We Called It A Day
Bob James
Bold Conceptions

Wait a Little While
Kenny Loggins
Nightwatch

Boss Lady
Bob James
Espresso

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