Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fourplay - Between The Sheets (1993)

"...rather predictable background music, easy-listening crossover with touches of jazz heard in the melodic solos along with poppish R&B rhythms." --Allmusic

This smooth jazz supergroup (Bob James: keyboards, Lee Ritenour: guitars, Nathan East: bass, Harvey Mason: drums) isn't anywhere near the sum of its parts. Pity. Maybe they save their good material for their solo albums?

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #70
Peak on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart: #1 (10 consecutive weeks)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #15

Tracks: It's all fairly innocuous - nothing to love, nothing to hate - but the tracks that caught my ear this time around were Monterey, Li'l Darlin', and A Summer Child. The title track, an Isley Brothers cover with vocals by Chaka Khan, travels into quiet storm territory and was released as a single (#72 R&B).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but this is perfect "musical wallpaper" for my office.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Fourplay (1991)

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