Fourplay (Fourplay album)

Fourplay is the debut album by the American smooth jazz group Fourplay which was released in 1991. The group was originally composed by Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (drums). The album went to number 1[2] on the Contemporary Jazz charts, number 16[3] on the R&B charts and number 97[4] on the US Billboard 200. Since then the album went Gold according to the RIAA and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Fourplay
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1991
Recorded1990-1991
Studio
GenreJazz
Length62:38
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerFourplay
Fourplay chronology
Fourplay
(1991)
Between the Sheets
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]

OverviewEdit

With this debut LP Fourplay's lineup consisted of keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason.[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bali Run"Lee Ritenour, Bob James5:32
2."101 Eastbound"Nathan East, Marcel East5:57
3."Foreplay"Lee Ritenour5:26
4."Moonjogger"Bob James6:16
5."Max-O-Man"Harvey Mason, Sr., Michael Lang5:33
6."After the Dance (featuring El DeBarge)"Marvin Gaye, T-Boy Ross, Leon Ware6:05
7."Quadrille"Bob James5:43
8."Midnight Stroll"Harvey Mason, Sr.4:44
9."October Morning"Lee Ritenour5:01
10."Wish You Were Here"Lee Ritenour6:11
11."Rain Forest"Bob James6:05

PersonnelEdit

Fourplay
Additional musicians

ProductionEdit

  • Fourplay – producers
  • Bob James – executive producer
  • Don Murray – recording, mixing
  • Geoff Gillette – additional recording
  • Khaliq Glover – additional recording
  • Femi Jiya – additional recording
  • Mike Kloster – assistant engineer
  • Paul May – assistant engineer
  • Clif Norrell – assistant engineer
  • Harvey Mason Jr. – technical assistance
  • Robert Vosgien – digital editing
  • Wally Traugott – mastering at Capitol Mastering (Hollywood, California).
  • Debra Johnson – production coordinator
  • Kim Champagne – art direction
  • Leslie Wintner – design
  • Stuart Watson – photography
  • O'Brien and Schridde – band photography

Track information and credits adapted from AllMusic[1][5]

ChartsEdit

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1991 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 16[3]
1991 The Billboard 200 97[4]
1992 Contemporary Jazz Albums 1[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. Fourplay - Fourplay at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Fourplay (Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums)". billboard.com. Billboard. 25 October 1991. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". billboard.com. Billboard. 3 January 1992. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Billboard 200". billboard.com. Billboard. 13 December 1991. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Fourplay - Fourplay". allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2020.