and flugelhorn are the signature instruments of Gordon James. Eric
Kloss, Johnny Guitar Watson, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, James Lloyd, Gil
Parris, Josh Dion, David Darling and Paul Winter are among those
artists, he had the pleasure to perform with.
He started his solo career with the album Candlelight Love in
1995, followed by the albums Gordon James (1999), After
Hours (2004) and In Joy (2007). After a long hiatus Gordon
is back with A New Kind Of Love (2011). On this album he is
joined by Matt King, Joe Scott and James Lloyd (keyboards), Mike
Hogan, Mike Neer, and Jerry Topinka (guitars), Mark Peterson and Chris
Plinkett (bass), Jose Loo, LaJuan Carter, Ty Stephens, and Chanda Rule
(vocals). Gordon plays beside his main instruments, organ, piano,
synthesizers, drum programming and synth bass.
A New Kind Of Love is
Gordon James' approach to combine musical elements featuring singer
Jose Loo & LaJuan Carter with his own divine trumpet performance. The
result is a chorus line in the style of the Carpenters with the
trumpet in the lead.
Turntable scratcher meets flugelhorn and
muted trumpet, that's the funky No Diggity. Straight From
The Heart presents dynamic singer Ty Stephens. This easy going
tune with a rich melody will certainly captivate many listeners.
Charlie Chaplin's all-time-wonder Smile from
the 1936 movie Modern Times
motivated legions of musicians among them Michael Jackson, Tony
Bennett, Stevie Wonder. Gordon James takes the more classical Bossa
Gordon James is certainly a fan of Herb
Alpert, who recorded originally Burt Bacharach and Hal David's
This Guy's In Love With You. Like Herb Gordon sings the melody
and also presents the trumpet part. Ty Stephens elegantly interprets
Make It Your Day with his immaculate voice. With Our Love
is Gordon's own praise of love featuring muted trumpet and
flugelhorn. Funky Stuff is exactly what the title promises.
That's what I want to hear. Let the whistle blow!
Donny Hathaway's The Ghetto from
his album Everything Is Everything (1970) is well
re-interpreted by Gordon James with great respect for the original.
Gordon is a heavyweight in mellow tones and when Ty Stephens adds his
vocal attractiveness on One True Love, romantic will be in the
Sting composed the song Fragile
for his album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1988). The song is
dedicated to Ben Linder, who was killed by the Contras. A song with a
strong melodious potential often covered by best-known artists like
Jesse Cook, Nils Landgren or Isaac Hayes. Gordon's treat approaches
the original version with lofty sensibility.
With Urban Shaman Gordon takes a slight detour to World Music.
Dark Chocolate is bittersweet and offers the right groove for a
hefty bite. Here You Are is for all people with a romantic
vein! Got Blues clarifies that phone calls are still a theme in
music. On the final song Give Peace A Chance/One World One Heart
Gordon James walks on the Indian influenced path of John Lennon's
music. Greetings to Swami Bhaktivedanta!
Gordon James showcases with A New Kind Of Love anew his unique
style expanding his horizons beyond smooth jazz breaking the
boundaries of many radio stations.