One on One (Bob James and Earl Klugh album)

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One on One
One On One.jpg
Studio album by Bob James and Earl Klugh
Released 1979
Recorded 1979 at Mediasound, Sound Palace and SoundMixers, New York City, New York
Genre Crossover jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz-Pop
Length 35:02
Label Tappan Zee Records
Producer Bob James & Earl Klugh
Bob James chronology
One on One
Lucky Seven
Earl Klugh chronology
Heart String
One on One
Dream Come True
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

One on One is a smooth jazz, crossover jazz studio album by Bob James and Earl Klugh. This album earned the two artists the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1981.[3][4] In May 1982 the album was certified gold in the United States.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob James and Earl Klugh

  1. "Kari" - 6:30
  2. "The Afterglow" - 6:33
  3. "Love Lips" - 6:38
  4. "Mallorca" - 4:48
  5. "I'll Never See You Smile Again" - 5:27
  6. "Winding River" - 5:22

2009, 30th Anniversary Remastered Edition (CD)

  1. "Kari" - 6:27
  2. "The Afterglow" - 6:31
  3. "Love Lips" - 6:34
  4. "Mallorca" - 4:46
  5. "I'll Never See You Smile Again" - 5:26
  6. "Winding River" - 5:22
  7. "Jazz Jam" (Bonus Track) - 3:00
  8. "Bob and Earl Talk" - (Interview) (Bonus Track) - 11:20

Tracks 1,3,5, written by Earl Klugh Tracks 2,4,6, written by Bob James

"Jazz Jam" written by Bob James

Album overview[edit]

The album was recorded at Mediasound, Sound Palace and SoundMixers Studios, New York, in 1979. Original tape mastering took place at CBS Recording Studios, New York. It was released in late 1979 on Tappan Zee (Bob James' own record label), promoted and distributed by Columbia in the US and CBS in the UK. Grammy Award Winner: 1980.

"Jazz Jam" was a throw-away track that was originally a piece of music put together by Bob James for the studio engineers to balance their recording desk levels accordingly. "Jazz Jam" remained unreleased until Bob James found the recording in the vaults during a project to re-release the album to the Japanese market. Subsequently, "Jazz Jam" was remastered for the 30th anniversary release of the original album in 2009 in the US and Europe including the UK.

The interview contained as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary edition of the album was recorded in 2009. Bob and Earl together recall fond memories of the writing and recording process whilst also recalling the special relationship they both had with the chosen supporting musicians.


  • Bob James - Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Earl Klugh - Acoustic Guitar
  • Harvey Mason - Drums
  • Eric Gale - Guitar on "The Afterglow", "Love Lips" and "I'll never See You Smile Again"
  • Neil Jason - Electric Bass on "Kari" and "The Afterglow"
  • Gary King - Electric Bass on "I'll Never See You Smile Again" and "Love Lips"
  • Ron Carter - Acoustic Bass on "Winding River" and "Mallorca"
  • Ralph MacDonald - Percussion.
  • Hubert Laws - Flute
  • David Nadien - Violin, Concertmaster
  • Produced, arranged and conducted by Bob James
  • Recording and mixing engineer: Joe Jorgensen
  • Assistant engineers: Gregory Mann, Tim Benedict and Michel Savage
  • Mastering engineer: Stan Kallina
  • Re-mastered by Finesplice.


Album – Billboard[7]
Year Chart Position
1979 Jazz Albums 1
1979 The Billboard 200 23
1980 R&B Albums 26


  1. ^ review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 111. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "One on One - Bob James & Earl Klugh - Album Review". allmusic. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Mary (19 February 1981). "Grammy Honors Listed". Daily News (Bowling Green). Kentucky, USA. p. 8-B. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "RIAA: Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Solid Gold". Billboard Magazine. e5 Global Media. 12 June 1982. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Earl Klugh - Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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