Welcome to our first November Jazz album of the week selection from The Public Records in An Sibin at Tellus360. We have a whopper for you this week – Earl Klugh and Bob James’ One On One (Tappan Zee, 1980). This album was the 1981 Grammy winner for Best Pop Instrumental and features an amazing line which includes Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, and Eric Gale. One On One was co-written between both James and Klugh and was produced, arranged, and conducted by James. By 1982 the album had charted gold in the US.

When it came to mid-20th century jazz, Bob James is a super heavyweight champion. Born in 1939 in Missouri, he began playing piano at age four. By the time he was eight, he had his first professional gig. He continued performing and once at college, began to study music and often jammed with other jazz musicians in Ann Arbor and Detroit. He entered into Notre Dame’s Collegiate Jazz Festival and was discovered there by Quincy Jones. He was quickly signed to the Mercury label and moved to New York to work with Quincy, Creed Taylor, and other influential musicians and producers.

It was during this time that James, Jones, Taylor, and many others developed the smooth jazz genre. Bob James had a string of releases, many of them winning awards and becoming themes to TV shows (such as Taxi). He founded his own record label, Tappan Zee and his influence on music kept expanding as many of the next generation’s hiphop artists would use his work for sampling.

Earl Klugh, born in 1953, began his musical training at age three on piano. At age ten, he switched to guitar having become infatuated with Chet Atkins. This love turned into collaboration between the two as Klugh matured and both have collaborated on each other’s work.

At age fifteen, Klugh landed his first professional recording gig and was featured on Yusuf Lateef’s Suite 16 (1968). He then went on to work with many big names and was a member of George Benson’s touring band while still in his teens. His distinct style, which is a mix of jazz, pop, and R&B has put him up for a Grammy twelve times and earned him the right to be considered one of the greatest living acoustic guitar players.

It is with this collaboration that we have decided to kick things off. Our jazz section has grown exponentially this month, and we will be adding to it throughout November. So we invite you down to hear new sounds, enjoy new cocktails, and sample some super tastes off of our new menu.

Bob and Earl will be best enjoyed with a tall Lime In The Coconut.