Sunday, November 18, 2012
Bob James' "The CTI Years" tour on CD
Leading a quintet with Will Lee (who recorded "Westchester Lady" on "Bob James Three," although the tune had been composed for the late Gary King), Steve Gadd (the drummer in most of James' CTI sessions), Dave McMurray and Perry Hughes, James reprised his main hits taped during the CTI heyday. Not only themes from his four solo albums produced by Creed Taylor in the mid-70s ("Feel Like Making Love," "Nautilus" and the aforementioned "Westchester Lady"), as well as tunes from projects he arranged for such CTI stars as Stanley Turrentine ("Don't Mess With Mr. T"), Hubert Laws ("Farandole"), Grover Washington, Jr. ("Mister Magic"), Eric Gale ("White Moth") and Chet Baker ("Autumn Leaves").
In one of the nights, Bob James even performed a CTI classic not associated with him, Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay," and a hit from James' post-CTI years at Columbia ("Angela"), a song curiously reissued on a CTI 45" a couple of years ago. There are rumors about a forthcoming DVD release.
This was the setlist for most of the concerts:
2.FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE
4.DON'T MESS WITH MISTER T.
5.ANGELA "THEME FROM TAXI"
7.PUT OUR HEARTS TOGETHER
5.A SIMPLE WAY TO SAY, "I LOVE YOU"