Fourplay

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Fourplay
Origin United States
Genres Smooth jazz
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner Bro., Arista/Bluebird, Heads Up
Website www.fourplayjazz.com
Members Bob James
Nathan East
Harvey Mason
Chuck Loeb
Past members Lee Ritenour
Larry Carlton

Fourplay is a contemporary jazz quartet in the United States. The original members of the group were Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass), and Harvey Mason (drums).[1] In 1997, Lee Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb.[2]

Grammy-nominated supergroup Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to their unwavering jazz foundations. In a span of twenty years and eleven albums, the quartet has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.

Their first record, 1991's Fourplay, sold over a million copies and remained at the number one position on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for 33 weeks. Their next LP, 1993's Between the Sheets, reached number one, went gold, and received a Grammy nomination. In 1995, their third gold album, Elixir, also reached the number one position and remained on the chart for more than 90 weeks.

Fourplay received a Congressional Record from the United States Congress, House of Representatives recognizing them as distinguished members of the music industry. The award was presented by A. Robert Brown, Sr., Advisor to Congressman Ed Towns of New York at a Fourplay performance in Philadelphia. Fourplay is the only musical group in history to be recognized by the U.S. Congress.[3]


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Released Label
Fourplay 1991 Warner Bros.
Between the Sheets 1993 Warner Bros.
Elixir 1995 Warner Bros.
The Best of Fourplay 1997 Warner Bros.
4 1998 Warner Bros.
Snowbound 1999 Warner Bros.
Yes, Please! 2000 Warner Bros.
Heartfelt 2002 Bluebird
Journey 2004 Bluebird
X 2006 Bluebird
Energy 2008 Heads Up
Let's Touch the Sky 2010 Heads Up
Esprit de Four 2012 Heads Up

DVD[edit]

  • Fourplay - An Evening of Fourplay: Volumes I and II, 120 min, 1994
  • Fourplay - Live in Cape Town, 2005, 82min
  • Fourplay - Live at San Javier Jazz Festival- 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Fourplay: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  2. ^ Lee Mergner (February 15, 2010). "Larry Carlton Leaving Fourplay". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fourplay received their Congress Record". Whereseric.com. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 

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