Four gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations, a Soul Train Music Award and a nomination, 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. The April 9 release marks his 14th album as well as his return to former label Concord Records. It's a penetrating fusion of R&B, jazz and Latin rhythms given voice by James' emotive saxophone and such guests as trumpet hitman Rick Braun, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn and spoken word phenom The Floacist.
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The relaxed charisma of Mr. James' tone is one reason his approach works.... another reason is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he's capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine. —New York Times