Fourplay (Fourplay album)

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Studio album by Fourplay
Released September 17, 1991
Recorded 1991
Studio Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Fourplay
Fourplay chronology
- Fourplay
Between the Sheets

Fourplay is the debut album of the contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay which was released by Warner Bros. Records on September 17, 1991. The album cover showed four pictures of the original group on a variety of musical instruments (such as a guitar, piano keys and a drum). The album has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States and has thus been certified platinum by the RIAA.[1] Their album charted at the No. 1 position on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for an unprecedented 33 weeks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

This CD was the debut of Fourplay, the super quartet composed of keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The style is a soulful blend of jazz, R&B, and pop with an emphasis on original compositions by each band member. El DeBarge lends his seductive vocals to the Marvin Gaye classic "After The Dance" to round out this musical masterpiece.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bali Run" Lee Ritenour, Bob James 5:32
2. "101 Eastbound" Nathan East, Marcel East 5:57
3. "Foreplay" Lee Ritenour 5:26
4. "Moonjogger" Bob James 6:16
5. "Max-O-Man" Harvey Mason, Sr., Michael Lang 5:33
6. "After the Dance (featuring El DeBarge)" Marvin Gaye, T-Boy Ross, Leon Ware 6:05
7. "Quadrille" Marvin Gaye, Bob James 5:43
8. "Midnight Stroll" Harvey Mason, Sr. 4:44
9. "October Morning" Lee Ritenour 5:01
10. "Wish You Were Here" Lee Ritenour 6:11
11. "Rain Forest" Bob James 6:05




  • Bob James played a Yamaha C7 Midi Grand Piano, Synthesizers, Keyboards and Programming
  • Lee Ritenour played a Gibson ES-335, Gibson L-5, Gibson Midi-Max Guitar Synthesizer, Gibson Chet Atkins Electric/Classical Guitar, Roger Sadowski Electric/Classical Guitar
  • Nathan East played a Yamaha LB1 5-String Bass and the TRB 6-String Bass
  • Harvey Mason played Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Racks, Brady Snare Drums and Vic Firth Drums Sticks
  • El DeBarge – Lead Vocals, Background vocals
  • Patti LaBelle - Background vocals
  • Philip Bailey - Background vocals
  • Darrell DeBarge - Background vocals


  • Fourplay – Producer
  • Don Murray - Engineer
  • Mike Kloster - Assistant Engineer
  • Bob James - Executive Producer
  • Debra Johnson - Production Coordination
  • Marcel East - Additional Engineering & Overdubs
  • Harvey Mason, Jr. - Technical Assistance
  • Paul May - Guitar Technical Engineer
  • Don Murray - Engineer, Remixing, Mixing
  • Clif Norrell - Assistant Engineer
  • Robert Vosgien - Digital Editing & Mastering
  • Wally Traugott - Mastering
  • Spencer Chrislu - Mastering, Audio Master, Authoring


Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1991 Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 1
1991 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 16
1991 The Billboard 200 91


  1. ^ "Search Results for Fourplay". Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Fourplay - Overview". Retrieved 19 June 2009.