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Fourplay Biography


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Birth Place: United States
Years Active: 1991 –
Genres: Smooth Jazz


Fourplay is a contemporary jazz quartet that consists of Bob James on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Nathan East on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums. The quartet came together in the late 1980s and their sound was unique in jazz circles, appealing to a wider audience. Over the course of 20 years and 11 albums, the group has earned several Grammy Award nominations.

Fourplay's 1991 self-titled debut album peaked at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart for 33 weeks. Their second effort, 1993’s “Between the Sheets” also peaked at #1 and achived gold status, in addition to receiving a Grammy nomination. “Elixir,” the quartet's third studio album appeared in 1994, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, where it remained for 90 weeks. 1997 saw Ritenour leave the group and Larry Carlton join as his replacement. However, Carlton left in 2010 and was replaced by Chuck Loeb. Fourplay released, “Let's touch the Sky” in 2011.