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BJ4 (Bob James album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 1977
RecordedNovember-December 1976
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreJazz fusion, smooth jazz
LabelCTI Records
CTI 7074
ProducerCreed Taylor
Bob James chronology

BJ4 is the fourth album by jazz musician Bob James.

Reception & Legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide1/5 stars[2]

Released in 1977, the album charted at number three on the Jazz Album Charts. This would be his last CTI album before starting his own label Tappan Zee Records, named for one of the tracks on this album. Also, James would later[when?] obtain the rights to his CTI catalog as a result of a lawsuit against Creed Taylor pertaining to the infamous three-volume CTI All-Stars at the Hollywood Bowl albums.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pure Imagination" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 5:20
  2. "Where the Wind Blows Free" (Bob James) – 6:43
  3. "Tappan Zee" (Bob James) – 6:49
  4. "Nights Are Forever Without You" (Parker McGee) – 6:23
  5. "Treasure Island" (Bob James) – 6:10
  6. "El Verano" (Bob James) – 4:55


  • Bob James - Electric Piano (Fender Rhodes), Acoustic Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer (Arp Odyssey, Oberheim Polyphonic), Arranger, Conductor
  • Eric Gale - Guitar
  • Steve Gadd - Drums
  • Gary King - Bass
  • Ralph MacDonald - Percussion
  • Hubert Laws - Flute, Alto Flute
  • Art Farmer - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Romeo Penque - Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
  • Eddie Daniels - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
  • John Frosk, John Gatchell - Trumpet
  • Alan Shulman, Charles McCracken - Cello
  • Sidney Weinberg - Oboe, English Horn
  • Emanuel Vardi, Lamar Alsop - Viola
  • Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman - Violin


Chart (1977) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 38
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 33
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[3] 3

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. Bob James: BJ4 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 111. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ a b c "Bob James US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-15.