1982 Bob James – Hands Down

Hands Down is the tenth studio album by Bob James, released in 1982. This was a turning point in James career, with the tracks “It’s Only Me” and “Spunky” being early exponents of electronic jazz. At the time electronica was transforming popular music in reaction to the big orchestrations of the late 1970s (prevalent on James’ previous works). The minimalist tastes of the era were also reflected in “Roberta”, which mostly featured James in a piano solo.

The track “Shamboozie” is sampled by rapper Rakim on the track “Guess Who’s Back” from his 1997 debut album The 18th Letter.

Tracks

1  Spunky (Bob James ) 07:01
2  Macumba (Rod Temperton; Bob James ) 05:13
3  Shamboozie (Bob James ) 05:19
4  Janus (Bob James ) 05:52
5  Roberta (Mike Lawrence ) 06:52
6  It’s Only Me (Bob James ) 05:22

Musicians

1 Spunky

BassGary King
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
Fender RhodesBob James
SynthesizerBob James
PercussionLeonard Gibbs


2 Macumba

BassGary King
Bass (synthesizer)Bob James
DrumsJR Robinson
Drums (programming)Bob James
GuitarSteve Khan
Fender RhodesBob James
SynthesizerBob James
LyriconRob Zante
TromboneJim Pugh
TromboneDave Taylor
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetMike Lawrence
TrumpetRon Tooley
WoodwindsEddie Daniels
WoodwindsWally Kane
WoodwindsGeorge Marge
WoodwindsWhit Sidener
PercussionLeonard Gibbs
VocalsPatti Austin
VocalsVivian Cherry


3 Shamboozie

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Khan
SynthesizerBob James
SaxJay Beckenstein
TromboneJim Pugh
TromboneDave Taylor
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetMike Lawrence
TrumpetRon Tooley
WoodwindsEddie Daniels
WoodwindsWally Kane
WoodwindsGeorge Marge
WoodwindsWhit Sidener
PercussionLeonard Gibbs


4 Janus

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty DeVitto
Acoustic GuitarDavid Brown
PianoBob James
SynthesizerBob James
SaxEddie Daniels
PercussionLeonard Gibbs


5 Roberta

BassGary King
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
PianoBob James
TromboneWayne Andre
TromboneJim Pugh
TromboneDave Taylor
TrumpetMike Lawrence
TrumpetRandy Brecker
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetJohn Frosk
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
WoodwindsMark Colby
WoodwindsEddie Daniels
WoodwindsGeorge Marge


6 It’s Only Me

Bass (synthesizer)Bob James
Drums (programming)Bob James
PianoBob James
SynthesizerBob James

Other Musicians

Strings – Alfred Brown, Barry Finclair, Charles McCracken, Elena Barere, Emanuel Vardi, Gerald Tarack, Jan Mullen, John Pintavalle, Jonathan Abramowitz, Joseph Rabushka, LaMar Alsop, Lewis Eley, Marvin Morgenstern, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Richard Locker, Richard Sortomme, Theodore Israel, Warren Lash (Track 5)

Liner Notes

Producer – Bob James
Co-producer– Joe Jorgensen
Arranged By – Bob James
Engineer – Bruce Robbins, Chaz Clifton, Marc Chusid, Nancy Byers, Wayne Warnecke
Mastered By – Vlado Meller
Mixed By – Joe Jorgensen
Recorded By – Joe Jorgensen

Mastered At CBS Studios, New York
Mixed At Mediasound
Recorded At A&R Studios
Recorded At CBS Studios, New York
Recorded At Mediasound
Recorded At Sound Mixers
Recorded At Minot Sound
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Copyright (c) CBS Inc