For twenty years and a dozen albums, Fourplay has set the standard for contemporary jazz very high. With guitarist Chuck Loeb joining founding members Bob James (keyboards), Nathan East (bass/vocals), and Harvey Mason (drums), Fourplay brings an even newer level of energy and inspiration into a band that is already known for taking chances and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz. With Loeb ably filling the shoes of his two predecessors (Lee Ritenour founded the group, and remained until Larry Carlton replaced him in 1998), Fourplay sounds as focused as they ever have been.
Since their formation in 1990, Fourplay have mined the depths of jazz and pop music with great success. Their first album, Fourplay, went Platinum in 1991, and their two follow-up recordings each went Gold, with a Grammy nomination as well. Each recording has spent some time on top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts.
Fourplay has successfully fused elements of R&B and pop music to their formidable jazz foundations. This formula has seemingly limitless permutations: the sky literally is the limit for this quartet. Which makes the title of their latest release, Let’s Touch the Sky, all the more apt.