Today’s song is by the smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay, but the post itself is going to be mostly about the bass player for that group, Nathan East. Earlier this year, I posted his version of “America The Beautiful” just before Independence Day, which was taken from his first album as a solo artist. East has been a session man, a touring bassist, and a collaborator with some of music’s biggest names, but had never had an album out under his own name until 2014.
East has been involved with some memorable music during the course of his thirty-six years in the music business. Some of his earliest session work was done with Barry White. He played with Kenny Loggins on “Footloose.” He also played on and co-wrote “Easy Lover,” the smash hit by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins. He’s played at Live Aid, and also has toured with Eric Clapton.
In 1990, East became one of the original members of Fourplay, and that association has lasted for over twenty-five years. Formed with smooth jazz veterans Bob James, Lee Ritenour and Harvey Mason, the group has been one of the most successful bands in the genre from the time they released their first album in 1991. For Smooth Jazz Sunday, I chose to feature the track “Elixir” from the album of the same name. I think it’s perfect for a Sunday morning.
I hope you enjoy today’s Smooth Jazz Sunday song, and as always thank you for listening and reading.