Minus the two typically duff vocal tracks, that is, one of which is very pop-ish and, to my mind, quite out of place here, featuring Luther Vandross supported by Lisa Fischer and daughter Hilary James, whilst the other features just daughter Hilary, whose voice I've never liked. But, edit out those two and the remaining eight tracks make up a very fresh and satisfying album that kicks off in fine style with the broody, moody Lotus Leaves, co-written with Max Risenhoover.
The supporting cast includes Nick Moroch, Dean Brown, Jeff Mironov & Fareed Haque (guitars), Pino Palladino, Nathan East & Max Risenhoover (electric bass), Ron Carter (ac. bass), Andy Snitzer & the late Michael Brecker (saxes ~ Mike Brecker also plays digeridoo and EWI on one track), Michael Colina & Max Risenhoover (additional synths) and Max Risenhoover & Steve Ferrone (drums). Normally, I'm very wary of albums on which a proper kit has been dispensed with in favour of doing all the drum parts by way of programmed keybords but here, thankfully, on the tracks featuring synth instead of real drums it doesn't seem to matter at all. A couple of tracks are just reflective solo piano, but they fit in fine.
On the composition, arrangement, production, engineering and mixing fronts, Uncle Bob's principal collaborators for this project are Max Risenhoover, Michael Colina and Ray Bardani, though with what appears to be a host of other engineers and assistant engineers at a wide variety of studios, mostly in and around the New York area, though a brief visit appears to have been made to Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.
Despite the large number of different studios and crew involved in putting it all together, Restless is a (perhaps) surprisingly coherent album and, minus those two vocal tracks, remains one of my favourite and most often-played Bob James albums that's stood the test of time very well. Firmly recommended.