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For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued ... Read more in Amazon's Fourplay Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B003X413M4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Leading jazz fusion band Fourplay reveals a new line-up with guitarist Chuck Loeb joining founder-members keyboardist Bob James, bassist/vocalist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. 'Let's Touch The Sky' also includes stirring performances by guest vocalists Anita Baker and Ruben Studdard. After twenty years and a dozen top-selling albums, the infusion of new blood into the Fourplay lineup has created an opportunity to bring an even newer level of energy and inspiration into a band that is already known for taking chances and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz. In addition to new member Loeb, the vocal talents of Ruben Studdard and Anita Baker are showcased on the soulful "Love TKO" and the dreamlike "You're My Thrill," respectively.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julian Stevens on 30 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I sampled this when it came out and forwarded the link to a fellow smooth jazz fan without telling him what my impressions were. His verdict was pretty well identical to mine. Far too many vocal tracks (in this context, I prefer none), a few very obviously written by Chuck Loeb that might simply have been lifted straight from one of his own albums, whilst the rest is just formulaic stuff written to order for yet another Fourplay album. It really isn't any more exciting or original than that, I'm sorry to have to say.

They should have called it a day after Journey (2004), which is okay but treads no new ground. That was the last Fourplay album I felt inclined to buy, owning as I do all those preceding it. For much better work, I suggest Elixir (the last one with Lee Ritenour), Snowbound and Yes, Please! Apart from a few typically duff vocal tracks here and there, those three are all great and, as far as I'm concerned, represent the best output from this undeniably talented smooth jazz supergroup (assuming you subscribe to the idea that such an entity can exist).

There are only a few albums by any of them since 2004 that I'd recommend with any great enthusiasm, starting with Bob James' mostly excellent Urban Flamingo from 2006. Chuck Loeb's In A Heartbeat (2001), All There Is (2002) and Presence (2007) are all pretty good, as are most of his albums with Metro (though the last one, Metro Express, is a bit ho, hum). Chuck Loeb's early albums on DMP, BTW, are all well worth checking out.

Though I have for many years been a big fan of all these guys, Let's Touch The Sky was swiftly jettisoned from my collection and is no more worthy of recommendation than its two predecessors. But that's just MHO ~ listen and decide for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Kelly on 1 April 2011
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I have followed Fourplay since the very beginning and have found the last two or three albums to be bland. Individually these musicians are at the top of their respective games, but, now it seems when they are all put together, they can't quite seem to capture the success of early albums such as 'Heartfelt or Journey'. Shame really, but you are much better off searching out better stuff from the likes of Brian Simpson, Brian Culbertson or David Benoit to name a few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Anderson on 1 Mar 2011
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I have all the other Fourplay albums and while it might not be the best, it still is a very good album. Chuck Loeb adds his flavour to an already succsessful recipe. What's not to like? Good involving tunes extremely well played.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Marshall on 14 Dec 2010
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Always much anticipation when these guys bring out a new cd. It took a while for me to really appreciate their previous release, 'Energy', but it was worth the wait. This release has grown on me rather quicker, and my initial scepticism about the increasing use of vocals in their material was soon dissipated when I heard the amazing Anita Baker on, 'You're My Thrill' and the simply staggeringly brilliant voice of Ruben Studdard. Nathan also does a very good job on, 'I'll still be lovin you', a mellow number which nonetheless proves he has a fine voice indeed. Top tracks, as well as the two vocal ones mentioned, title track, 'More than a Dream ( typically lovely Harvey tune) and 'Above and Beyond'...really good contribution from the newly installed, Chuck Loeb. Why not five stars? Elixer, Heartfelt and Fourplay ( debut CD) were, and will always be, that bit classier.
You'll enjoy this though.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Another Outstandng Album 25 Oct 2010
By Lydia E. York - Published on Amazon.com
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How does a group that is on its third guitarist maintain a consistent sound and style? I don't know but Fourplay HAS figured it out. Fourplay fans will find all the things they love about the group with the additional accent of Chuck Leob's 6 string.

What do all the current and past Fourplay guitarists have in common? It's their ability to play with Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason, on their own terms and for the fellas to accept the guitarits distinctive styles in stride. That said, I think Chuck Leob brings a lyricism that has been missing from the group for some time.

The standout cuts will be the vocal collaborations including the homage to Teddy Pendergrass "Love TKO" featuring Rubin Studdard. It's every bit as soulful as the original, but with the Fourplay sound. The collaboration with Anita Baker "You're My Thrill" sent a shiver up my spine. Expect Grammy nominations.

But long time listeners will also appreciate the re-emergence of some of the individual voices of the players. I mean that literally. Nathan East delivers a wonderful vocal performance on "I'll Still Be Loving You." It's the perfect kind of song for a weekend winter morning.

In sum, this is another outstanding album from Fourplay that longtime and new listeners can enjoy.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
SmoothJazz.com Review 31 Oct 2010
By Sandy Shore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that's it's been twenty years since this band debuted as contemporary jazz's first super group... individually they are stunning, together they are unstoppable. Bob James, Harvey Mason and Nathan East have been holding down their 3 corners of the foursome since the beginning while legendary guitarists Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton have moved on leaving the coveted guitar slot of the Fourplay legacy open... another worthy contender steps in, renown guitarist/composer Chuck Loeb debuts on LET'S TOUCH THE SKY with contributions that Bob James calls "very much a reflection of the Fourplay philosophy of team spirt." Loeb inaugurates the new project with his tune "3rd Degree" (in reference to his role as the 3rd guitarist) as the first radio single. Other big news here is that the project includes stirring performances by guest vocalists Anita Baker on the jaw dropping "You're My Thrill" and American Idol's Ruben Studdard impeccably covering the classic "Love TKO." Never settle for practical goals when, in fact you can reach the lofty ones... let's touch the sky!
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The best of a dying genre 17 Nov 2010
By pixel eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These guys, very fine musicians all, have created an album that pleases the right and left brain. Taste, chops, respect, conversation, all the good stuff is happening in bushels. But, as good as they are, as finely crafted as the work is, it still is basically a genre that is over. In an effort to remain relevant to the general public, their more creative tunes are balanced with a healthy dose of pop pablum. Nothing wrong with pop pablum if that's your preference, but if so, there are so many more qualified sources... Having said all that, I still enjoy listening to four awesome players balancing virtuosity and taste, accessibility with harmonic sophistication, self-indulgence with team spirit. Many lessons are on offer for those few musicians who actually want to play instruments together all at the same time. As for the easy-listening pop, well, there's always the "next" button...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Jazz CD! 12 Nov 2010
By The Angular Assassin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's not much to say except that Fourplay is on top of their game. With Chuck Loeb in the mix, the band certainly has a different vibe but continues to display the same technical skill and great sounds I'm used to. I've been a Fourplay fan for the last 12 years or so after seeing them perform at a strange club in San Antonio, TX. I never expected them to keep rocking the house in 2010! If you're a fan of jazz...no scratch that...if you're a fan of music in general, pick up this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fourplay Can Still Touch The Sky 30 May 2011
By Jeffrey M. Steron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been listening to Fourplay from the very begining when they released thier first CD in 1990.
Let's Touch The Sky is one of my favorate Fourplay CD's. Chuck Loeb is a nice fit to the group. I really enjoy the vocal tracks on this CD Nathan East on I'll Still Be Loving You, Ruben Studdard on the classic Love TKO and it is nice to hear Anita Baker on You're A Thrill. My fvorate instrumental on the CD is Chuck Loeb's Above And Beyond. Let's hope that Fourplay's Success continues for many years to come!

Jeff
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