1974 Bob James ‎– One

One is the first solo album by jazz keyboardist Bob James. It was an important album in the early smooth jazz genre and is famous for its end track, “Nautilus”, which became important to hip hop as one of the most sampled tracks in American music.

Released on April 17, 1974 this album charted at number two on the Jazz Album Charts.


1  Valley Of The Shadows (Bob James) 9:42
2  In The Garden (Johann Pachelbel) 3:09
3  Soulero (Bob James; Richard Evans) 3:37
4  Night On Bold Mountain (Modest Mussorgsky) 5:53
5  Feel Like Making Love (Eugene McDaniels) 6:39
6  Nautilus (Bob James) 5:06


Bass Gary King
Guitar Richard Resnicoff
Keyboards Bob James
Flugelhorn Jon Faddis
Flugelhorn Thad Jones
Flute George Marge
Flute Romeo Penque
Trombone Alan Raph
Trombone Jack Gale
Trombone Paul Faulise
Trombone Wayne Andre
Trumpet Alan Rubin
Trumpet Jon Faddis
Trumpet Lew Soloff
Trumpet Marvin Stamm
Trumpet Thad Jones
Trumpet Victor Paz
Vibraphone David Friedman
Percussion Ralph MacDonald

Other Musicians

1 Valley Of The Shadows

Drums Steve Gadd
Sax Grover Washington Jr

2 In The Garden

Drums Steve Gadd
Pedal Steel Guitar Eric Weissberg
Harmonica Hugh McCracken

3 Soulero

Drums Steve Gadd
Sax Grover Washington Jr

4 Night On Bold Mountain

Drums Steve Gadd

5 Feel Like Making Love

Drums Idris Muhammad

6 Nautilus

Drums Idris Muhammad

Cello – Alan Shulman, Anthony Sophos, Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Jesse Levy, Seymour Barab
Violin – Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Gene Orloff, Harold Kohon, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman

Liner Notes

Producer – Creed Taylor
Arranged By, Conductor – Bob James
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder

Design – Bob Ciano
Photography – Gene Laurents

Recorded At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Phonographic Copyright Creed Taylor Inc