Composer, flugelhornist and trumpeter
Gordon James has garnered the smooth jazz genre since a long time.
Eric Kloss, Johnny Guitar Watson, Blue Aquarius, Roy Ayres,
Angela Bofill, Bobby Caldwell, Alex Bugnon, Pieces of a Dream, Chuck
Loeb, Josh Dion, Cassandra Wilson are among the artists Gordon
His debut album Candlelight
Love was released in 1995, followed by the albums
James (1999), After Hours (2004) and in 2007 his latest
project In Joy. Gordon was supported by keyboardist James Lloyd
(Pieces Of A Dream), who co-wrote, produced and arranged most tracks
of the album.
The title song In Joy introduces
into the new album. Gordon presents a formidable mixture of muted
trumpet and flugelhorn. Inspired by Bob Baldwin who produced and
arranged the song Gordon performs the sultry theme with ease.
It was the time of funk and disco, when
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway sang the duet Back Together
Again (1980). By the way one of Donny's final recordings. Chuck
Loeb's riffs on acoustic guitar are supreme and celestial.
The shuffle Straight From The Heart
features guitarist Gil Parris. A tune in the happy going Tijuana Brass
style of Herb Alpert. The infectious Drivin' is James Lloyd
first masterwork on Gordon's album. A killer song for all dance floor
The title Another Love Song
sounds somehow profane. But the slow ballade is subtle and has its
depth. Incredible Gordon's dexterity on his 3-valved Bb model.
One Nation Under A Groove is a piece of funk history. It was
Funkadelic's most successful album (1978). George Duke will return to
these funk elements with his upcoming album Dukey Treats.
Gordon's rendition is more moderate and smooth.
James Lloyd delivers anew a perfect
sound frame on 2 Trumps Up. He is an in demand composer and
keyboardist. We have often reviewed his projects with
POAD or with other musicians like
Najee and many more. Gordon's treatment of his trumpet is
The catchy Sunshine was written
by the legendary producers Jam and Lewis for Alexander O'Neal's album
Hearsay (1990). Gordon's rendition is close to the original, even
James Lloyd uses the same synth equipment. G's House is based
on the popular shuffle beat and showcases Gordon's fantastic layers of
flugelhorn and trumpet.
The slow ballade Always In My Heart
is very suitable for a slow dreamy dance with your beloved woman.
Associations with Herb Alpert's popular love song are purely
coincidental. On Keep It Real James Lloyd teams Gordon anew to
a cool groove presenting the muted trumpet in the limelight.
The final Beatnick' has a
captivating retro-beat. James Lloyd's organ perfectly fits to Gordon's
Gordon James' album In Joy is a
notable addition to everybody's smooth jazz collection.
- Buy the album in
- Title: In Joy
Artist: Gordon James
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Caress Music
01 In Joy [5:25]
02 Back Together Again [4:06]
03 Straight From The Heart [4:03]
04 Drivin' [4:14]
05 Another Love Song [4:07]
06 One Nation Under A Groove [4:58]
07 2 Trumps Up [4:38]
08 Sunshine [5:06]
09 G's House [4:17]
10 Always In My Heart [3:42]
11 Keep It Real [5:37]
12 Beatnick` [5:07]