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Bob James, founding member of Fourplay (2015)
|Years active||1991–2017 (indefinite hiatus)|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Arista/Bluebird, Heads Up|
In 1997, Lee Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb, who died on July 31, 2017. During Loeb's illness, saxophonist Kirk Whalum joined the group for performances.
The group has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to jazz, appealing to a broad mainstream audience. Their debut album, Fourplay (1991), sold over a million copies and remained at the number one position on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart for 33 weeks. Their next album, Between the Sheets (1993), reached number one, went gold, and received a Grammy Award nomination. In 1995, their third gold album, Elixir, also reached the number one position and remained on the chart for more than 90 weeks. In 2015 the band celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of the album Silver with former members Ritenour and Carlton.
In 2017, the band announced that it was going on hiatus for 2018 and will return to performing in 2019. It has not happened.
|Between the Sheets||1993||Warner Bros.|
|Elixir||1995||Warner Bros. (with Phil Collins, vocals on "Why Can't it Wait 'Til Morning?")|
|The Best of Fourplay||1997||Warner Bros.|
|Yes, Please!||2000||Warner Bros.|
|Let's Touch the Sky||2010||Heads Up|
|Esprit de Four||2012||Heads Up|
|The Best of Fourplay (2020 Remastered)||2020||evosound|
- Fourplay Live: The Authorized Bootleg (1992)
- An Evening of Fourplay: Volumes I and II (1994)
- Live in Cape Town (2005)
- Live at San Javier Jazz Festival (2006)
- Yanow, Scott. "Fourplay". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
- Lee Mergner (February 15, 2010). "Larry Carlton Leaving Fourplay". JazzTimes. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
- Mergner, Lee (1 August 2017). "Chuck Loeb, Guitarist and Composer, Dies at 61 - JazzTimes". JazzTimes. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 486. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
- "News « Fourplay". Fourplayjazz.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.