Pianist Bob James has explained the name of the group Fourplayin fine detail. It not only has to do with size (a quartet) butrather expresses the desire to work with four leaders at the sametime. "It is more like four leaders or four sidemen, all with equalvoices." However, it was James who initiated the formation of thissmooth jazz band in 1990. Lee Ritenour was the original guitarist,followed by Larry Carlton and then Chuck Loeb who has been a memberof the band since 2010. Drummer Harvey Mason and bassist NathanEast have been members since the outset. Fourplay's latest album isLet's Touch The Sky (2010), but early this year thequartet was hard at work on a follow-up recording. A super group inthis genre that still radiates vitality. The secret of theirsuccess? Elegant, contemporary and constantly smooth music with anunmistakable sexy groove.