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Bob James

key, ep, *1939 US
Singer / Musician / Arranger / Producer of Jazz
A.k.a. Robert McElhiney James

Robert McElhiney "Bob" James (born December 25, 1939) is an American two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognized as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, and his work is frequently sampled.

     
Instruments
  • Keyboards
  • Electric piano
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Clavinet
Genres
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Maputo on Double Vision by David Sanborn & Bob James
Angela (Theme From Taxi) on Touchdown by Bob James
Since I Fell For You (feat. Al Jarreau) on Double Vision by David Sanborn & Bob James
Save Your Love for Me on On Vacation by Till Brönner & Bob James
Nautilus on One by Bob James
Feel Like Making Love on One by Bob James
It's You - 2019 Remastered on Double Vision by David Sanborn & Bob James
Touchdown on Touchdown by Bob James
More Than Friends - 2019 Remastered on Double Vision by David Sanborn & Bob James
That Bop on Jazz Hands by Bob James

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
EspressoBob James2018Album
Take Me To The Mardi Gras / SandwormsBob James / Dave Matthews2018Single
The ? Remainz / Look-AlikeGang Starr / Bob James2016Single
The New CoolBob James & Nathan East2015Album
Live at Milliken AuditoriumBob James2015Album
Take Me To The Mardi GrasBob James2015Single
The Very Best Of Bob JamesBob James2015Compil.
'H' & 'Sign Of The Times'Bob James2014Compil.
Quartette HumaineBob James & David Sanborn2013Album
Rhodes Scholar: Jazz-Funk Classics 1974-1982Bob James2013Compil.
French Affair / SfunkyDonna Summer / Bob James2013Album
SnapshotBob James2013Compil.
Alone: Kaleidoscope By Solo PianoBob James2013Album
Altair & VegaBob James, Keiko Matsui2012Album
Westchester LadyBob James2012Album
Nautilus / Mardi GrasBob James2012Album
BoteroJack Lee, Bob James2009Album
The Very Best Of Bob JamesBob James2009Compil.
Alexander Shulgin's Songbook. Triptych, Part 3Billy Cobham, Bob James, John Patitucci, Richard Cottle, Snake Davis, Richard Niles, Garry Husband, Janek Gwizdala2008Album
Christmas EyesBob James & Hilary James2008Album
Angels Of ShanghaiBob James2006Album
Urban FlamingoBob James2006Album
Live At MontreuxBob James2005Album
Live At MontreuxBob James2005Album
Mardi GrasBob James2005Single
Spunky / Get Up Stand UpBob James / The Chequers2004Album
Portrait Of Bill EvansEliane Elias, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Brad Mehldau2004Album
The Best Of Bob James 〜 Early Years SelectionBob James2004Compil.
The Legendary AlbumsBob James2003Compil.
In Hi-FiBob James2003Album
Morning, Noon & NightBob James2002Single
Morning, Noon & NightBob James2002Album
The Essential Collection 24 Smooth Jazz ClassicsBob James2002Compil.
That Steamin' Feelin'Bob James2001Compil.
Dancing On The WaterBob James2001Album
An AnthologyBob James2001Compil.
Nautilus / Take Me To The Mardi GrasBob James2001Compil.
Restoration (The Best Of Bob James)Bob James2001Compil.
Joy RideBob James1999Album
Mardigras / NautilusBob James1998Album
Do It AgainBob James Feat. Rasheeda1998Single
Hook, Line & SinkerBob James1997Album
Love Is WhereBob James1997Single
Playin' HookyBob James1997Album
Joined At The HipBob James + Kirk Whalum1996Album
Promotional SamplerBob James1996Album
Into The NightJack Lee Featuring Bob James, Hilary James, Mark Ledford, Toninho Horta1996Album
The Best Of Bob JamesBob James1996Compil.
Brighton By The SeaBob James1996Single
Bob James Sampler Keys To The CatalogueBob James1995Album
Flesh And BloodHilary James And Bob James1995Album
RestlessBob James1994Album
Storm WarningBob James1994Single
The BestBob James1994Compil.
RestlessBob James1994Album
The Best OfBob James1993Compil.
As It HappensBob James, Earl Klugh1992Single
CoolBob James / Earl Klugh1992Album
For The RecordBob James1991Album
The World of Bob James - Touchdown & HeadsBob James1991Compil.
Grand Piano CanyonBob James1990Album
RestorationBob James1990Album
Bare BonesBob James1990Album
Concertos For Two & Three Keyboards BWV 1060, 1061, 1063Bob James, Güher Pekinel, Süher Pekinel, Johann Sebastian Bach1989Album
Ashanti/RosalieBob James1988Album
Ivory CoastBob James1988Album
Bob James Live: From The Queen Mary Jazz FestivalBob James1988Album
Vivo No 386 In February MajorBob James1988Single
The Scarlatti DialoguesBob James1988Album
Best Of Bob JamesBob James1987Compil.
NightwindMike Lawrence With Herbie Hancock, Bob James1987Album
3 A.M.Bob James1986Single
ObsessionBob James1986Album
Double VisionBob James, David Sanborn1986Album
You Don't Know MeBob James & David Sanborn1986Album
RousseauBob James1986Single
MaputoBob James & David Sanborn1986Single
Bob JamesBob James1985Album
The SwanBob James1984Album
Courtship (Basketball Theme)Bob James1984Single
RameauBob James, Jean-Philippe Rameau1984Album
12Bob James1984Album
Marco PoloBob James1983Single
FoxieBob James1983Album
The Genie: Themes & Variations From The TV Series "Taxi"Bob James1983Album
Shepherds SongBob James1982Single
Hands DownBob James1982Album
Spunky / JanusBob James1982Single
Whiplash / IngenueEarl Klugh & Bob James1982Single
Hands Down Special D.J. Copy (Disco Sampler)Bob James1982Single
Two Of A KindEarl Klugh & Bob James1982Album
Sign Of The TimesBob James1981Album
Sign Of The TimesBob James1981Album
4 Big Hits InternacionaisEarth, Wind & Fire / The Quick / Bob James / The Police1981Single
We're All AloneBob James1981Single
Street Sketches - Bob James Hits 2Bob James1981Compil.
All Around The TownBob James1981Album
Hypnotique / UnicornBob James1981Album
All Around The TownBob James1981Album
The Steamin' Feelin'Bob James1981Single
Enchanted Forest / UnicornBob James1981Album
Mr. New YorkBob James1980Compil.
Snowbird FantasyBob James1980Single
HBob James1980Album
Shepherds Song / Theme From 'Taxi' (Angela)Bob James1980Single
Sparkling New YorkBob James1980Single
Angela (Theme From "Taxi")Bob James1980Single
Main Theme From Star Trek = Tema Principal DE Viaje A Las EstrellasBob James1979Single
One On OneBob James & Earl Klugh1979Album
Friends / Blue LickBob James1979Single
Lucky SevenBob James1979Album
Kari / MallorcaBob James & Earl Klugh1979Single
Main Theme From Star Trek - The Motion PictureBob James1979Single
Turn On The TapRichard Tee ∙ Wilbert Longmire ∙ Bob James ∙ Mongo Santamaria1979Album
Tappan Zee Records Invites You To Listen ToBob James, Earl Klugh1979Compil.
Four FacesBob James1978Compil.
Stereo Laboratory Vol. 38Bob James1978Album
TouchdownBob James1978Album
Bob James In ClassicsBob James1978Compil.
On Radio CallBob James1978Album
Touchdown / Sun RunnerBob James1978Single
The Best OfBob James1978Compil.
HeadsBob James1977Album
Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2) / Mujeres De Irlanda = Women Of IrelandBob James1977Single
Where The Wind Blows FreeBob James1977Single
BJ4Bob James1977Album
HeadsBob James1977Single
Night Crawler / You Are So BeautifulBob James1977Single
MercedesBob James1977Single
Westchester Lady (P. 1 & 2)Bob James1976Single
ThreeBob James1976Album
Night On Bald Mountain / SouleroBob James1975Single
Monkey Song / Night On Bald MountainDouglas Westlund / Bob James1975Single
Io Prigioniero / Take Me To The Mardi GrasSandro Giacobbe / Bob James1975Single
TwoBob James1975Album
Take Me To The Mardi Gras / Dream JourneyBob James1975Single
I Feel A Song (In My Heart) / The Golden AppleBob James1975Single
Night On Bald Mountain / In The GardenBob James1974Single
Soulero / Feel Like Making LoveBob James1974Single
OneBob James1974Album
In The Garden/ SouleroBob James1974Single
Angela / AubreyBob James / Grover Washington, Jr.Single
Mardi Grass / ScorpioBob James / Dennis CoffeyAlbum
Bob James CollectionBob JamesCompil.
Mardi Gras / TrampBob James / Otis Redding & Carla ThomasSingle
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