Bob James – Heads

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Heads is the fifth album by jazz musician Bob James. It was his first album released on his newly formed Tappan Zee label, which was distributed at the time by Columbia Records.

AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson:
Ironically, the more clichéd and boring Bob James’ albums became, the more they sold. Fluff-oriented dates like BJ4 were major hits in the steadily growing “quiet storm” market, and the keyboardist wasn’t about to tamper with the formula he had perfected. With the calculated Heads, he once again threw creativity and artistic integrity to the wind and gave his audience exactly what he thought it wanted: lightweight, innocuous pop/jazz that functioned primarily as background music. The talents of Grover Washington, Jr. (tenor & soprano sax) and David Sanborn (alto sax) are wasted on the schlocky and the forgettable (

“Heads” (Bob James) – 6:40
We’re All Alone” (Boz Scaggs) – 5:33
I’m in You” (Peter Frampton) – 6:48
Night Crawler” (Bob James) – 6:20
You Are So Beautiful” (Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher) – 6:48
“One Loving Night” (Henry Purcell) – 5:48

Bob James – Arp Odyssey, Arranger, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Oberheim, Piano, Arranger, Conductor
Eric Gale – Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Khan, Jeff Layton, Jeff Mironov – Guitar
Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, Allan Schwartzberg, Andy Newmark – Drums
Gary King, Alphonso Johnson, Will Lee – Bass
Ed Walsh – Synthesizer Programming
Richard Tee – Keyboards
Ralph MacDonald – Percussion
Hubert Laws – Flute
David Sanborn – Alto Saxophone
Grover Washington, Jr., Michael Brecker – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, John Frosk – Flugelhorn, Horn, Trumpet
Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Wayne Andre, David Taylor, Tom Mitchell Jr. – Trombone
Peter Gordon, Brooks Tillotson, James Buffington – French Horn, Horn
Jim Buffington – French Horn
Phil Bodner – Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Wind
George Marge – Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Baritone Saxophone, Sopranino Recorder, Wind
Eddie Daniels – Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Viola, Wind
Gerry Niewood – Alto Flute, Alto & Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Michael Mainieri, Jr. – Vibraphone, Backing Vocals
Gloria Agostini – Harp
Jonathan Abramowitz, Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman – Celli, Cello
Al Brown and His Tunetoppers, Lamar Alsop, The Manny Vardi Strings – Viola
Max Ellen, Concert Master, Harry Cykman, Barry Finclair, Paul Gershman, Harold Kohon, Diana Halprin, Marvin Morgenstern, John Pintavalle, Max Pollikoff, Matthew Raimondi – Violin
David Nadien – Concertmaster, Violin
Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Gwen Guthrie, Lani Groves – Lead and Backing Vocals


Released: October 14, 1977
Recorded: May-September 1977
Media Sound, Sound Mixers and A&R Studios, New York City
Length: 37:57
Label: Tappan Zee Records
JC 34896
Producer: Bob James