Smooth jazz trumpeter and vocalist Gordon James branches out with this new release of New Orleans inspired original music.
Known for his smooth lyrical trumpet and flugelhorn James sings and plays on the recording of excellent New Orleans themed songs. Recorded live in the studio with a hot rhythm section consisting of Mike DiLorenzo piano, B3 organ, Mike Hogan guitar, Mark Peterson bass, Gary Dates drums, Gordon James trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals. The album also features a horn section of trumpet, sax, trombone on six songs. Gordon’s wife singer songwriter Carol Selick is featured on four songs as well, two of which are duets with Gordon. Her songs Weary Women’s Blues and Cuddle Queen show off her unique lyrics and rich vocal stylings. The albums final song is a reggae version of What a Wonderful World. James does a duet with world renowned vocalist and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi from the Blues Brothers.

The album is engineered and co-produced by trumpeter Steve Jankowski, an alumni of Blood Sweat and Tears and currently touring with Niles Rodgers and Chic. Collectively the credits of the band personel include Cissy Houston, Regina Belle, Gloria Gaynor, Bo Diddley, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Shirelles, Liz Wright, James Blood Ulmer, Johnny Guitar Watson, Maceo Parker, Tom Scott, David Bromberg and Cassandra Wilson.

With this new release James has captured the sound and stylings of New Orleans music with unique lyrics that talk about the music and culture of New Orleans.


Candlelight Love

Contemporary jazz lovers will enjoy this CD as it delivers the goods on every track. It has a lot of spunk and energy and as the title would suggest, romance. James knows how to whip his band into exotic colors and stirs up some cool craziness.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 1994

Gordon James

This CD has a funky, souldful feel. It’s a wild ride from beginning to end with a great mix of instrumental and vocals.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 1999

After Hours

This is a perfect CD for a relaxing dinner party or just a late night chill.
Beautiful lyrical melodies and outstanding Flugelhorn sound.
Smooth jazz/Acid jazz
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 2004

In Joy

Jazz with a blend of r&b, old school, Latin, hip hop and funk. Masterful arrangements and performances by Gordon James, James Lloyd, Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb and Gil Paris.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 2007

A New Kind of Love

Flavors of Motown meets jazz and Modern R&B. A feel good CD filled with inspiring and motivational vocals that follow a movement towards love and oneness.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
Release Date: 2011

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