The James Kōb Experience | So Right (feat. Maria Schafer & Danielle Field)

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So Right (feat. Maria Schafer & Danielle Field)

by The James Kōb Experience

"So Right" the album, is an exciting excursion into the jazzy, sweet melodic world of The James Kōb Experience. All original, new music that spans multiple genres from Bossa Nova to Pop to Jazz, it's a refreshing delivery of truly memorable songs - a special brand of "music with melody"... that will become a standard in everyone's collection.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Because of You
The James Kob Experience
5:20 $0.99
2. Always in the Summer
The James Kob Experience
6:12 $0.99
3. So Right
The James Kob Experience
4:50 $0.99
4. Special Someone
The James Kob Experience
3:40 $0.99
5. When We Dream
The James Kob Experience
5:11 $0.99
6. You Belong to Me
The James Kob Experience
5:43 $0.99
7. If I Could
The James Kob Experience
4:17 $0.99
8. Get Myself Together
The James Kob Experience
5:51 $0.99
9. I Know
The James Kob Experience
5:08 $0.99
10. Never Say Goodbye
The James Kob Experience
4:22 $0.99
11. Get Myself Together (Instrumental)
The James Kob Experience
5:50 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"So Right... The James Kōb Experience" is a fantastic assembly of multi-genre, original new music, by composer, performer & producer James Kōb. James pulls together a cadre of top-notch journeymen musicians from across the US to deliver unparalleled performances on every song. This album is a statement in melodic excellence of a proportion not seen in decades... every song is as strong as the next!
The single "Because of You... by The James Kōb Experience" is sung by Maria Schafer in 3 different languages: English, French & Portuguese.
The multi-genre 11 song full album (including one bonus instrumental version) offers a collection of James' new original music composed and recorded over the last 4 years, that stylistically spans from Bossa Nova Jazz... to Pop... to Latin Jazz... to Orchestrated pieces... to Unplugged guitar/vocal... and even to Contemporary Country. With some unique, melody-driven songs and special performances, James Kōb offers his own special "sound" that makes this album of new music very exciting!
Songs that insert Latin brass, percussion, Broadway strings and jazz saxophone performances are all included on this album which makes it not only fun for the listener, but it creates the anticipation of wanting to hear what music comes next even more fun. Tripp Sprague really shines on soprano, alto & tenor sax solos on a number of pieces. Flugelhornists Derek Canon & Gil Castellanos are featured, as well the oboeist Lara Wickes. This inaugural album literally delivers something for everyone's musical taste!
Vocal honors are provided by two new and young rising stars; Maria Schafer performing on 8 songs while Danielle Field sings on 2. (Five of the songs on this album are slated for release in both French & Portuguese later this year) so much of this music will eventually span the globe to Europe and Brazil as well, helping prove that Mr. Kōb's vision of "music with melody" knows no borders.
Co-producer/drummer Mark Haley (former monitor engineer for Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey) and James focused on creating a high quality production that is smooth without being too slick... so, it stays "real”. As an example, two songs' arrangements were written to intertwine premier pedal-steel guitarist Rick Schmidt's jazz playing style with orchestra, and they are shining reasons of how pleasing to the ear new and different instrument combinations can be. Jazz pedal-steel guitar and string orchestra make for a truly AMAZING sound!
The "music with melody" theme carries through-out this album... every song on it has a verse or refrain that will stay with you long after the CD stops spinning. It’s what music is supposed to do: keep giving you enjoyment every time it pops into your head! You'll find more than one or two songs on "So The James Kōb Experience", that will do exactly that for you... over and over again... So Enjoy!!

For more information please visit The James Kōb Experience website.


Because of You
With a groovy Bossa Nova beat and an up-tempo pace, "Because of You" delivers a lively, jazzy, feel-good melody that makes you happy you're in love... or makes you want to be! Lots of piano, guitar, strings... and that tenor sax solo is wonderful.... such great rhythm, great lyrics, great message, great listening... AND it puts you in a great mood!

Always In The Summer
A smooth, catchy, mellow ballad that's delivered on top of a solid beat... Maria Schafer sings about how love grows strong in the gentler seasons with an uncanny resemblance in her alto-ranged delivery to a "Karen Carpenter-like" sound in her voice. The jazzy-pop styled "Always In The Summer" refrains will haunt you while they move your heart to turn towards that feeling one gets when the weather becomes warm and sultry... towards love. It's a musical love potion!

So Right
Pulsating Bossa Nova rhythms along with high--energy brass horns playing underneath a latin-style rhythm section drives this perky, mid-tempo, salsa-like dance piece right into your feet and makes you want to immediately jump up and start dancing.... even if you've never danced salsa before! "So Right" just rolls into you... its undulating beat pushing itself into your whole being with sensual, yet strong bass patterns supporting a soul-grabbing melody... What Fun!!

Special Someone
Blending 'old school' country music charm with a 'contemporary country' flair, this ballad lifts you up to believe love CAN grow between two people... and it does it with a memorable chorus that you'll be humming to yourself throughout your day. After listening the first time, you'll want to keep listening over and over again to Danielle Field's warm and vibrant voice... complimented beautifully by pedal-steel guitar... as she plaintively persuades you to buy what she's selling: that is... that if it's real, and that person you care so much for is truly special, then love DOES grow stronger when bound by good memories and togetherness.

When We Dream
No other way to describe this song, but to say it's a lush, beautifully orchestrated performance with a lovely vocal melody countered by oboe which liltingly weaves it's way in and around that melody throughout the piece, wonderfully complimenting the singer, Maria Schafer. "Laughing, Loving, Dreaming", it's what we all WANT to do... and "When We Dream" gives us the chance to do all of that through its beautiful chords, orchestral overtures, lyrics and the vision it helps the listener "see". What a beauty this song is!

You Belong To Me
That jazz pedal-steel guitar would blend so well with violins, cellos and orchestra is a wonderful surprise in this song supporting the vocal lead by Maria Schafer... the combination which will excite your senses, impress your mind and please your ears in ways you didn't think possible. As this age-old love story receives a musical re-birth into something new & cool, something else interesting happens: a very smooth, very hip flugelhorn in a featured solo melts notes into each other, leaving the listener bathed in mellow, latin-like new harmonies. Sweet.

If I Could
This piece... an "unplugged" version featuring vocalist Danielle Field accompanied on guitar by James Kōb... will bring tears to your eyes as the story of a young mother speaking in song to her unborn child unfolds in genuine truth as only the beautiful musical phrases in this uniquely distinctive piece can deliver. Emotional, heartfelt, it tugs at your soul's core... which innately understands how much a mother wants life's best for her child.

Get Myself Together
Mysterious, haunting, romantic - with an up-tempo chorus - love lost is the theme of this latin-styled, rhythm-based song... the kernel of which is how tough it MIGHT be to "move on" after that special relationship is over. Sultry, moving, stirring... "Get Myself Together" burrows it's way into your heart by making it known this song may be "lived" by a lot of women out there in the world. Supporting the philosophical bent of the song is a cool flugelhorn solo that extends onward to the song's end in riffs and jabs, complimenting the vocal lead and finishing the song solo.

I Know
Speaking with thoughts to your "love interest" rather than with words, this song says all of that with a slow, jazzy arrangement in a fluid beat and dulcet tones. Piano, strings, soft guitar and chromatic harmonica by Tripp Sprague round-out the ensemble over a growling string bass, soothingly complimenting the soulful vocal performance by Maria Schafer. How else to explain unspoken love but with this song. Perfect.

Never Say Goodbye
Couples in love should heed this advice. Only temporary separation, not a final parting... is this song's story. The melody grabs you in verse AND chorus and won't let go... just like true love... it's always there. A wonderful, masterful blend of strings, piano, pedal-steel guitar, and acoustic guitar mark this song's special place in this album. Rick Schmidt hits the mark with perhaps the best jazz pedal-steel solo performance recorded in a decade. A truly "marquee" piece, "Never Say Goodbye" really means it... you'll be playing it over and over again... just because it sounds so good!

Get Myself Together (Flugelhorn Instrumental)
On this instrumental version, Gil Castellanos performs on his flugelhorn throughout the piece, offering solid melodic interpretation of the verses, soaring in the choruses and really "sticking it" in the solo section. Here, the flugelhorn lends it's trumpet-like, but mellower tones as Gil's version of this romantic piece flows into your heart.



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A multi-talented musical Renaissance man trained in classical guitar and orchestral composition, James Kōb draws on his vast skills as a songwriter, producer, scoring and orchestration skills to create SO RIGHT, the debut project from The James Kōb Experience. The collection is an exciting musical excursion featuring refreshing and super-melodic original tunes blending breezy Bossa, with lighthearted pop, and sensual jazz reminiscent of Sergio Mendes. In addition to sharing his expansive musical vision, the collection doubles as a wondrous showcase for the warm and sensuous vocal talents of featured singer Maria Shafer. SO RIGHT is a multi-cultural experience you won’t want to miss! ~ Jonathan Widran