TAS Rated 3.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2022 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
In the eyes of the rap generation, an older musician's hipness is often defined by how many times he or she has been sampled for beats and breaks. That means that keyboard wizard Bob James - whose records have been sampled a staggering 1,435 times, according to the website WhoSampled.Com - is a bona fide legend and cooler than cool. Although he's just celebrated his 81st birthday, Bob James is not about to close the piano lid for the last time and embrace retirement.
Alongside the same trio, bassist Michael Palazzolo and drummer Billy Kilson, that made 2018's critically-acclaimed Espresso album, Feel Like Making Live! captures James performing a career-spanning selection of material live in the studio. Feel Like Making Live! includes James's most well known hits like "Angela", "Maputo", "Westchester Lady" and "Nautilus", as well as an instrumental cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man".
This New Jazz Trio live-studio recording is released on a 180-gram black double vinyl LP.
Feel Like Making Live! is smooth jazz front to back. From the opening cut ('Angela,' better known as the theme song to Taxi) to the closer ('Westchester Lady,' which originally paired James with Grover Washington), the Bob James Trio delivers the aural equivalent of comfort food, with performances as polished as the recording, which warrants very high marks for its clarity, dynamic range, and immediacy.
- 180g Vinyl
- Double LP
- Hi-Res Audiophile Black Vinyl
- Live studio recording
- Gatefold jacket
- Rocket Man
- Niles A Head
- Feel Like Making Love / Night Crawler
- Mister Magic
- Westchester Lady