Fourplay (American smooth jazz group)

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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 the Billboard 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.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Fourplay 3
1993 Between the Sheets 3
1995 Elixir 5 3
1998 4 2
1999 Snowbound 4 2
2000 Yes, Please! 2
2002 Heartfelt 2
2004 Journey 2
2006 X 2
2008 Energy 2
2010 Let's Touch the Sky 4 1
2012 Esprit de Four 2
2015 Silver 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 The Best of Fourplay 4 1
2008 Between The Sheets 1

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