Bob JamesOne

Label:CTI Records – CTI 6043
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Contemporary Jazz


A1Valley Of The Shadows
Soprano SaxophoneGrover Washington, Jr.
A2In The Garden
HarmonicaHugh McCracken
Pedal Steel GuitarEric Weissberg
Soprano SaxophoneGrover Washington, Jr.
B1Night On Bald Mountain5:51
B2Feel Like Making Love6:40



Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, February-April 1974.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, VAN GELDER stamped): RVG-87703-A-8 VAN GELDER ∧13
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, VAN GELDER stamped): RVG-87703-B-3 VAN GELDER
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A (variant 2)): RVG.87703.A-8 VAN GELDER ∧1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B (variant 2)): RVG.87703.B-4. VAN GELDER

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One (LP, Album)CTI RecordsCTI 6043Jamaica1974
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One (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)CTI Records, CTI RecordsSR-3365, SR 3365Japan1974
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One (Cassette, Album, Stereo)CTI RecordsCTC 6043US1974



  • EjElex's avatar
    **Review: Bob James - "One"**

    Bob James' "One" is an absolute gem that deserves a prime spot in any jazz aficionado's collection. This vinyl, first released in 1974, continues to enchant listeners with its sophisticated blend of smooth jazz, funk, and classical elements. From the moment the needle drops, you're transported into a world of lush, intricate arrangements and masterful musicianship.

    The album kicks off with the iconic "Valley of the Shadows," setting the tone with its mesmerizing, ethereal sounds. Each track flows seamlessly into the next, creating a cohesive listening experience that's both relaxing and invigorating. James' piano work is nothing short of exquisite, offering a crisp, clear sound that stands out yet blends harmoniously with the other instruments.

    One of the standout features of "One" is its exceptional cover of "Feel Like Making Love," originally by Roberta Flack. James' rendition brings a new depth and flavor to the classic, showcasing his ability to reinterpret and rejuvenate well-known hits with his unique style.

    The vinyl's production quality is superb, capturing the warm, rich tones that only analog can provide. The sound is superior, offering a clarity and depth that digital formats often lack. Whether you're a long-time jazz fan or new to the genre, this album is perfect for a smooth, immersive listening experience.

    From its impeccable musicianship to its polished production, Bob James' "One" is a must-have. It's a timeless piece that not only highlights the artist's genius but also enhances any musical collection with its sophisticated vibe and enduring appeal. Add this masterpiece to your vinyl library and let its enchanting melodies elevate your listening sessions.
    • T_Martin2220's avatar
      I only know of this album because of "Nautilus" make of that what you will...
      • Afrikano1's avatar
        Great first effort by the estimable Bob James. "Nautilus" is a stand out!
        • whether_report's avatar
          46 years and I've never grown tired of it. True greatness.
          • midnightrunner's avatar
            While I agree that the music on this disc is exceptionally fine and very ideal to listen to when making love, I must admit that I find the image on the front cover somewhat frightening. I think it is the eyes. I feel like they are watching me all of the time!! I wish that Bob James had put something else on the front cover, perhaps a vase of flowers, or his face, smiling in a nice friendly way.
            • Porinski's avatar
              it seems like some people believe "Feel like making love" is from Bob James. He did a (good) cover version. Original is from Gene-McDaniels who is as far as i know the same person as Eugene Booker McDaniels. Check out the great Jazz Standard:
              • MultiGrooves's avatar
                Edited 10 years ago
                Bloody hell, you wanna talk about samples...How many folk from House and Hip hop have sampled the opening of "feel like making love"??
                I've got about three versions and have heard another three over the years.

                "Valley of the Shadows" is decent- esp if you're into Herbie/Head hunters/Axlerod kinda jazz-spazz-out.
                • sebbes's avatar
                  Well.. Okay It's all a matter of taste on the long run. The tracks on this record may not all be up to snuff, but this may be one of the most sampeled record ever (James Brown not included). Every single second of "Nautilus" has been recycled at one point, mostly by the hiphop community, Run DMC's "Beats to the Rhyme" takes the 2 second sound blip @ 3:34 and builds a defining track out of it. A Tribe Called Quest - Clap Your Hands @ second 1. Ultra magnetic MC's .... the list goes on. Just for kicks check out this site
                  • GalaxyExplorer's avatar
                    Edited 11 years ago
                    Well, it's not as bad as Heads (the standard by which all bad Bob James and 70s instrumental pop records are measured). But most of it is still very, very bad.

                    "Valley of the Shadows" and "In the Garden" are horrible pop versions of old church music. "Soulero" does its best to ruin a classic. The situation doesn't improve on the beginning of side two with a bombastic version of "Night on Bald Mountain," a tune I've never liked.

                    Finally it becomes listenable with what might qualify as the first smooth jazz cover of an existing smooth jazz song. "Feel Like Making Love" was already a pleasant song when Roberta Flack recorded it. Bob James's version is essentially a sleepy instrumental, though it's quite good. It was used to somewhat hilarious effect on an episode of Breaking Bad when Walter White strolls naked thru a convenience store.

                    "Nautilus" is really the only James original here, and it's pretty awesome. It really does feel like an underwater ride in an ancient submarine. Good stuff.


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