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After four gold albums, four Grammy nominations and sales totaling more than 3 million records, chart-topping saxophonist Boney James embodies the phrase “horn of plenty.”

“I’m always thinking about making music,” he says. “It’s still my consuming passion.”

That passion reverberates throughout James’ latest project, The Beat. ... Read more in Amazon's Boney James Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B004KWVE3Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's an interesting question: would Boney James have recorded Contact if he'd never had a car accident that damaged his teeth and fractured his jaw? In May, 2010, he was rear-ended while stopped by a driver traveling at high speed. Though he was back on-stage in three weeks, the accident caused James to think back on where he'd been in his career. He reflected on the period he spent backing the Isley Brothers, Morris Day, Randy Crawford, and Teena Marie before his solo offering, 1992's Trust, catapulted him onto the contemporary jazz scene. Contact -- his debut for Verve Forecast -- indulges those influences. James produced and co-wrote every cut here, including the four vocal numbers. The first of these, "Close to You," features a stellar performance by Donell Jones; it is one of the album's true highlights. James plays plays his soprano, interweaving those silky vocal lines with gorgeous fills. Former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett sings on the lilting ballad "When I Had the Chance," Heather Headley appears on the slippery-grooved Latin-tinged "I'm Waiting," and Mario does a magnificent job on the dancefloor stepper "That Look on Your Face." James' own chops are fine as ever On the instrumental title track, he lets a slightly angular, syncopated, B-3-led rhythm section groove assert itself before smoothly entering and laying down the melody amid Rob Bacon's guitar fills and a bright-sounding, tightly arranged horn section. On "Cry," Dean Parks plays a nylon-string guitar, giving the cut an exotic flamenco feel before James breathily lets the melody flow from his tenor. With percussion work by drummer Teddy Campbell and Lenny Castro on congas and timbales, it streams forth in a rich, sensually arrayed meld of colors and textures. "There and Back" is a soul ballad where the saxophonist is the singer. It's lithe, silky groove is colored by hand percussion as James, with his canny sense of timing, tells a story on his horn. On "Everything Matters," the laid-back album closer, he plays tenor and alto, aided by Parks on electric guitar, Jimmy Johnson's keys, Campbell, and Castro. It's sweet and slow, but not sentimental, one almost hear Ron Isley singing to its melody. Contact is a bright spot in James' catalog, and underscores his welcome return to recording.

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By nancy tavares on 9 Feb. 2015
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on 22 May 2011
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I ordered the above CD it all went well except that it took around 5 to 6 weeks before it arrived. That was the only downside however it was well worth waiting for because I love the CD.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Parting the waters of hate... 30 Mar. 2011
By Jettliner - Published on
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What can I say? I like the album. Boney James handles his business as usual. I'm buying because it's Boney. That being said, the issue of vocals in jazz albums will never rest. Some like it, some don't. I've had a couple of listens and his sound is evident throughout even during the vocal selections. In addition to contemporary jazz, I like R&B. The critics of this albums vocals miss the fact that what passes for R&B today can't hold a candle to the 4 songs on this set. The jazz purist can never be satisfied. Smooth Jazz stations are going by the wayside all over America; so how can an artist with Boney's talent continue to be relevant? As if no one has ever heard jazz, rock or pop music on a R&B CD. Trust me, the man knows his audience and his roots. His factoring in some vocals is no crime.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Boney James CONTACT CD 29 Mar. 2011
By Michael M. Bowman - Published on
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I have been a big fan of Boney James for years and have all of his CD's except for the Christmas CD and go see him in concert every time he comes to whatever city I am living. This CD is okay except Boney is going toward that trend of having too many singers. I like for my smooth jazz artist to have more music and less singers on their CD's. If I want to listen to singers, I would buy R&B and hip hop music.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Contact...Very Nice 6 April 2011
By Dwayne L. Martin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Boney has done it again! Boney has stayed true to his signature sound, can you hear that sax? Sure there are vocals on this disc, but the SAX is STILL the lead voice on this album! On the vocal tracks, they seem to compliment each other, his unmistakeable sound still shines through. "Deep Time"-Sexy, "Cry", "Spin", "There and Back" all Slammin' and yes I like "Close to You". Everyone won't be pleased, but hey...... If you are a Boney fan, pick this up, I think you'll enjoy it, if not, play it again! Stay Smooth...dlm
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Keeps Getting Better 8 April 2011
By MoniLove - Published on
I purchased the entire CD and I am loving it!!!! I am a huge Boney James fan and he never fails me and I am NEVER disappointed in his music. The man just knows how to be smooth.. LOVE IT!!!!
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Let The Music play 29 Mar. 2011
By "Roc" - Published on
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I agree with previous review. I have witness Boney in concert about 10 times and I have all of his CDS, this CD is a hit and miss. To much singing and not enough horn playing, we are losing true jazz music. Don't get me wrong I love vocals, but if I wanted vocals, I would buy a vocal CD. Help me out Boney give me a little more of that horn and make the songs longer so can take us in that Boney world. You can't take us there with a 4 min. song. Boney is still a bad sax player and I love his concerts. See you in SC in Sept.
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