One (Bob James album)

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BobJames One.jpg
Studio album by Bob James
Released 1974
Recorded February–April 1974
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz fusion, Smooth jazz
Length 33:49
Label CTI Records
CTI 6043
Producer Creed Taylor
Bob James chronology

One is the first solo album by jazz musician Bob James released in 1974. It followed "Bold Conceptions (1963 on Mercury) and "Explosions (1965 on ESP-Disk). It was an important album in the early smooth jazz genre and is famous for its end track, "Nautilus", which became culturally important to hip hop as one of the most sampled tracks in American music.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Released on April 17, 1974 this album charted at number two on the Jazz Album Charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Valley Of The Shadows" (Bob James) – 9:42
  2. "In The Garden" (Johann Pachelbel) – 3:06
  3. "Soulero" (Bob James, Richard Evans) – 3:22
  4. "Night on Bald Mountain" (Modest Mussorgsky) – 5:51
  5. "Feel Like Making Love" (Gene McDaniels) – 6:40
  6. "Nautilus" (Bob James) – 5:08



Chart (1974) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 85
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 48
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[3] 2


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1974 "Feel Like Makin' Love" 88

Samples & Covers[edit]

Soul II Soul Sampled "Nautilus" on a remix version of the song "Jazzie's Groove" in the early 90's

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. Bob James: One > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (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 2011-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Bob James US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-13.