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Artist
Fourplay
   
Number of songs: 5 | Total weeks on charts: 36
Appearing in a total number of: 5 charts | Total period running: 267 days
Biography

Fourplay is a contemporary American jazz quartet. The original members of the group were Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass), and Harvey Mason (drums). In 1997, Lee Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb.

Grammy-nominated supergroup Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to jazz, appealing to a broad mainstream audience.

Their first record, 1991's Fourplay, sold over a million copies and remained at the number one position on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for 33 weeks. Their next LP, 1993's Between the Sheets, reached number one, went gold, and received a Grammy nomination. In 1995, their third gold album, Elixir, also reached the number one position and remained on the chart for more than 90 weeks.

Fourplay received a Congressional Record from the United States Congress, House of Representatives recognizing them as distinguished members of the music industry. The award was presented by A. Robert Brown, Sr., Advisor to Congressman Ed Towns of New York at a Fourplay performance in Philadelphia. Fourplay is the only musical group in history to be recognized by the U.S. Congress.

The band celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of the album Silver in 2015, which featured former members Ritenour and Carlton as guest artists.

Discography:
Fourplay - 1991
Between the Sheets - 1993
Elixir - 1995
The Best of Fourplay - 1997
4 - 1998
Snowbound - 1999
Yes, Please! - 2000
Heartfelt - 2002
Journey - 2004
X - 2006
Energy - 2008
Let's Touch the Sky - 2010
Esprit de Four - 2012
Silver - 2015
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Fourplay in the news
Jazz Pianist/Composer Ramon Alexander With His CD 'Echoes From Louwskloof' Paying Homage To His Musical Forefathers Birthplace (30/05/2017) Nathan East's New Album 'Reverence' Streaming On AllMusic (18/01/2017)
Grammy-Winning Hit-Maker Paul Brown Follows His Heart "Back" To His Roots (03/10/2016) Nathan East Announces New Album 'Reverence' (30/09/2016)
New York Wine Events Launches "Jazz In The Vines", Featuring Grammy Nominee Richard Elliot And Perennial Long Island Favorite Matt Marshak (28/06/2016) Nathan East Announces Second Solo Album On Yamaha Entertainment Group (27/05/2016)
Contemporary Jazz Keyboardist Mark Etheredge's New Album Is Released As The Title Track Sits Poised To Break Into The Billboard Top 10 (01/03/2016) Overcoming Connectivity Issues: Jazz Keyboardist Mark Etheredge Connects With Grammy-winning Producer Paul Brown To Create "Connected," Due February 26, 2016 (10/12/2015)
Transformationally "Cool": Bob James & Nathan East Redefine Their Grammy-Winning Jazz Muse On "The New Cool" (21/09/2015) Triumphant Again: Saxophonist Kenyon Carter's "Game On" Wins A Global Music Award (17/08/2015)



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