Bob James Live!

I missed attending the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival but was updated by Kim Paris with a review, photos, and a clip of Bob James’s performance. Kim also shared a 1985 live recording of a Bob James concert at Montreux, available for streaming and download.

picture of Bob James from 2015 seated playing an acoustic grand piano

Bob James – Birthday and Numbers

Happy Birthday to Bob James, born On December 25th, 1939 – Bob is 84-years old today and still producing great music!For Bob’s birthday this year I thought we’d have a little quiz to celebrate his first albums. Everyone knows that Bob recorded “One”, “Two”, “Three” and “BJ4” for CTI. What […]

Podcast Time Machine – Bob James

Today isn’t just Christmas Day, it’s Robert McElhiney James aka Bob James 83rd birthday, he was born on Christmas Day 1939. Bob has always been very generous with his time when it comes to interviews. I loved the practice sessions Bob did during the pandemic where you could hear the […]

picture of Leonard Doc Gibbs with percussion instruments

Farewell, But Not Goodbye, Doc Gibbs

The last few weeks have bought sad news of the passing of more people from the jazz world. Of course all the major websites and even traditional news outlets covered the death of legendary jazz elder, George Wein. Many also covered the loss of George Mraz, double bass, and occasional […]

#Nowplaying: Nautilus

While “Mardi Gras” is probably Bob James most sampled, track, “Nautilus” is right up there with it. This post looks at a Record Store Day, 2020, re-issue of the classic track. If you missed, or were not lucky enough to win one of the test pressing that Evo gave away […]

Record Store Day 2020 – dot.next

Record Store Day 2020 turned into three days due to Covid-19, and a fourth day is coming. Black Friday 2020 is November 27th. Currently there are some 133 releases scheduled for that day, including a few of interest. The releases are the usual spread of old tracks never released, tracks […]

Stonebone – Finally!

If you don’t have a copy, press play and read on, it’s a 1:52 sampler of the album tracks I’m delighted to have an exclusive long form review from CTI and Jazz Historian Doug Payne. I’m lucky to have been able to rip a copy of this album from a […]

For The Record

Let’s Talk Laserdiscs I’ve been working through the process of curating, archiving, converting, call it what you will, laserdiscs. Between 1978 and the late 1990’s, laserdiscs, or MCA Discovision were digital media. [See my first effort, Ron Carter Live / Double Bass] While the video was almost always only the […]

Bob James – Birthday mix

Bob James/Don’t Mess With Mister Bob. To celebrate Bobs birthday on December 25th, I put together this 3-track mix of some great tracks he bought us, among many. I have more than one hundred albums in my collection that Bob has worked on. I’ve seen him live three times, once […]