Composer, flugelhornist and trumpeter Gordon James is a seasoned performer and bandleader. James has a unique style of music projecting a special appeal to the listener, blending the worlds of Jazz, Hip Hip, World Beat, R&B and Pop music.
Released in 1999 his second self-titled release Gordon James offers a bunch of various styles which give his album his unique and seductive appeal. Gordon James combines Soul, Acid Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin, Pop and Smooth Jazz without accentuating the contrasts but the commoness of these styles.
The opening Funky G. featuring Pieces of a dream - member James Lloyd on piano, organ, clavinet & synths, Eric Lackland on Synth bass and Karl Latham on drums is a fusionesque starter, funky and smooth together. A taste of film noir, the piece is impressed by Lloyd's and Gordon's furious instrumental solos.
Shades of Brown damps the speed in a sultry smooth way. Gordon James, whose respect for his guest James Lloyd is obvious, consesses him a wide space for his piano-solo. Funky and jazzy Lloyd even quotes classical themes.
In On & On, a cover of the Eryka Badu hit, Gordon James demonstrates his skillfullness at the muted trumpet supported by the lovely voice of the beautiful Alisa Ohri keeping us in a good temper.
Back to the past of 1969, Gordon James breaths new life into the old Rock'n Roll title Grazing in the Grass of Friends of Distinction.
More sophisticated is the third cover piece TuTu, originally recorded by Miles Davis, Gordon James' dedication to the grandmaster of trumpet. Eric Lackland providing an array of instrumentation on his arrangement sets the mood background for Gordon James muted trumpet.
Mark Minchello introduces into Earth tones with heavy indian tablas-sounds, a very atmospheric piece with a creamy cap of New Age.
Pulse elongates the contemplative balladesque temper of the album showing up anew the brilliance of James' muted trumpet.
Brazilian Nights breaks up the temper with Bossa Nova rhythms.
Language of the heart guides back to a smooth embrace of James' muted trumpet and Kelli Sae's silky vocal.
Slinky sets a funky break with a masterly solo of Mark Minchello on keyboard dominated by James ' muted trumpet.
Only you a romantic piece prepares for the final When can I see you again with the remarkable soft voice of James Robinson. This cover of Babyface's '93er album For the Cool in You is undoubtly a very smooth fall of the curtain for this tasteful album. Gordon James musical achievements deserve be crowned with success like Rick Braun's and Chris Botti's works.