Bob James: Feel Like Making Love
Feel Like Making Love
Bob James (keyboards)
One (Koch 9926)
Bob James (keyboards),
Dave Friedman (vibes), Rickie Resnicoff (guitar), Gary King (bass), Idris Muhammad, Steve Gadd (drums), Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Composed by Eugene McDaniels.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 1974
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Bob James reprised his role on the more famous Roberta Flack version of this tune, but his rendition of "Feel Like Making Love" is an extravaganza for his own clean and soulful R&B stylings. Smooth blacktop roads of harmony and melody are rolled down as a number of string-playing companions accompany him and his slinky rhythm section for the ride. The music is underscored by an acoustic guitar that adds a beautiful character to the excursion, while each chordal resolve results in smooth, polished grooves more sophisticated than most of the era's radio fare. Certainly the lessons learned by James as an arranger for others explain this, and as a lead player he holds the listener's interest for more than a few bars. James's Fender Rhodes keyboard tone is instantly recognizable, and his classy individualized twists are tough to replicate. This track is a brilliant example of the Bob James Brand of artistry, falling in line with most critical and commercial expectations. Because it was so well performed, produced and conceived, it surely can be classified as "easy listening."
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary