Boney James Pure
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- Released: August 3, 2004
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
- 2.Better With Me - (with Bilal)
- 3.2:01 Am
- 4.Stone Groove - (with Joe Sample)
- 5.Appreciate - (with Debi Nova)
- 6.Here She Comes
- 7.Break of Dawn - (with Dwele)
- 8.It's On
- 9.Thinkin' 'Bout Me - (take vocal, with Ledisi)
- 10.You Don't Have to Go Home
Personnel: Boney James (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, programming, drum programming); Boney James; Lauren Evans, Debi Nova (vocals); Rohn Lawrence (guitar, electric guitar, wah-wah guitar); Tony Miaden, Marlon McClain, Tony Maiden, Eric Walls (guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ralph Morrison III, Sara Parkins (violin); Roland Kato (viola); Cecilia Tsan (cello); Dan Higgins (tenor saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Morris Pleasure (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards); David Torkanowsky (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ); Bobby Lyle (piano); Kurt Clayton (Fender Rhodes piano); Darrell Smith (Clavinet); Tim Carmen (organ); Phillipe David, Greg "Frosty" Smith, Johnny Britt, Rex Rideout (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass instrument); Ricky Lawson, Teddy Campbell (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Dwele, Bilal (vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Joe Sample (piano); Billy Preston (organ); ?uestlove (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Kar Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Schnee Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY; Studio A Recording, Dearborn, Heights, MI; The Back Yard, Los Angeles, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: James Minchin.
Arranger: Greg "Frosty" Smith.
Nine albums into his career, Boney James makes a grab for the smooth-jazz crown with PURE, an outing that finds him working with a mix of soul and jazz luminaries. James ups the stakes by taking over the production reins (in addition to co-writing every song). Still front and center with his beloved tenor saxophone, this Grammy-nominated artist shifts to soprano sax for the harmony-soaked Bilal duet "Better with Time" and the silk sheets-and-champagne slow jam "Break of Dawn," featuring up-and-coming Detroit crooner Dwele.
Debi Nova adds her lovely vocals to the beat-driven "Appreciate," a cut that wouldn't sound out of place on a Toni Braxton or Brandy album. Instrumentals are still the focus, however, as revealed on the light funk of "Here She Comes" and the snappy "Stone Groove" (featuring Crusaders keyboardist Joe Sample). Most impressive of all, the languid closing number, "You Don't Have to Go Home," showcases the interplay of Billy Preston's Hammond B-3 lines and Bobby Lyle's subtle piano runs.
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