Two (Bob James album)

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Two
Bob James Two.jpg
Studio album by Bob James
Released May 29, 1975
Recorded December 1974 & January 1975
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz fusion, smooth jazz
Length 38:23
Label CTI
Producer Creed Taylor
Bob James chronology
One
(1974)One1974
Two
(1975)
Three
(1976)Three1976

Two is the second album by jazz keyboardist Bob James.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

The album is the second of a series of jazz-funk classics (along with One, Three and BJ4). Released in 1975, the album charted at number two on the Jazz Album Charts. The track "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" is one of the most widely used tracks in hip-hop breakbeat samples.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" (Paul Simon) – 5:50
  2. "I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" (Tony Camillo, Mary Sawyer) – 5:26
  3. "The Golden Apple" (Bob James) – 7:20
  4. "Farandole" (Georges Bizet) – 8:24
  5. "You're as Right as Rain" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) – 5:28
  6. "Dream Journey" (Bob James) – 5:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Bob James – Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer (Arp Odyssey), Organ (Yamaha Yc30), Conductor, Arranger
  • Eric Gale – Guitar, Bass
  • Hubert Laws – Flute, Electric Flute
  • Rickie Resnicoff – Guitar
  • Gary King – Bass
  • Steve Gadd, Andrew Smith – Drums
  • Arthur Jenkins, Ralph MacDonald – Percussion
  • Eddie Daniels – Clarinet
  • Al Richmond, Jimmy Buffington, Peter Gordon – French Horn
  • Eddie Bert, Tom Mitchell, Wayne Andre, Tony Studd – Trombone
  • Alan Shulman, Alla Goldberg, Tony Sophos, George Ricci, Jesse Levy, Seymour Barab, Warren Lash – Cello
  • John Frosk, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Victor Paz – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Gene Orloff, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman – Violin
  • Patti Austin – Lead Vocals
  • Frank Floyd, Lani Groves, Zachary Sanders – Vocals

Samples and covers[edit]

"Take Me to the Mardi Gras"[edit]

Many artists sampled the drums and bell part of the intro to the track "Take Me to the Mardi Gras", an instrumental cover of the Paul Simon song. It has since become a widely recognized drum break, similarly to another break taken from another instrumental, "Ashley's Roachclip".[2][3] They partially include:

Other songs[edit]

Röyksopp sampled "You're As Right As Rain" on their song "Eple" on their album Melody A.M. in 2001.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 75
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 28
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[4] 2

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. Bob James: Two > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" at WhoSampled
  3. ^ Celebrate Mardis Gras With Bob James at The Urban Daily
  4. ^ a b c "Bob James US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.