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



BassGary King
GuitarRichard Resnicoff
KeyboardsBob James
FlugelhornJon Faddis
FlugelhornThad Jones
FluteGeorge Marge
FluteRomeo Penque
TromboneAlan Raph
TromboneJack Gale
TrombonePaul Faulise
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetAlan Rubin
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetLew Soloff
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
TrumpetThad Jones
TrumpetVictor Paz
VibraphoneDavid Friedman
PercussionRalph MacDonald

Other Musicians

1 Valley Of The Shadows

DrumsSteve Gadd
SaxGrover Washington Jr

2 In The Garden

DrumsSteve Gadd
Pedal Steel GuitarEric Weissberg
HarmonicaHugh McCracken

3 Soulero

DrumsSteve Gadd
SaxGrover Washington Jr

4 Night On Bold Mountain

DrumsSteve Gadd

5 Feel Like Making Love

DrumsIdris Muhammad

6 Nautilus

DrumsIdris 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 By – Gene Laurents

Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey