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"The relaxed charisma of Mr. James’ tone, especially on alto and tenor, is one reason his approach works.... Another reason is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he’s capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine.”

New York Times


THE BEAT DEBUTS AT #1 BILLBOARD JAZZ AND #54 TOP 200 THE BEAT, Released April 9, Includes Guest Artists Raheem DeVaughn, The Floacist, and Rick Braun (international release dates may vary)


Three-time GRAMMY nominee Boney James has returned to former label Concord Records with a dynamic, genre-busting album The Beat. One of the most successful instrumental artists of our time with sales totaling over 3 million records, James’ new project fuses his R&B/Jazz roots with Latin rhythm and percussion.

“This record was born of my love for both Latin and R&B music and became a mash-up of the two genres.  The initial inspiration for the record was Sergio Mendes’ “Batucada (The Beat),” which I re-imagined as a funk tune.” “Batucada (The Beat)” reunites Boney with trumpet great Rick Braun. “Rick and I have a wonderful history. There is a certain edge and energy that comes out when we play together that creates a really cool vibe.”

Other special guests on the project include eclectic R&B soul singer Raheem DeVaughn and spoken word phenom The Floacist. The first Urban AC single, going for adds in mid-February, is “Maker of Love,” a sexy, soulful song featuring DeVaughn. “Raheem is an artist I’ve wanted to work with for a long time and we actually met by following each other on Twitter! I sent him the track and he came back with an incredible lyric and finished vocal,” says James.

UK poet and musician The Floacist (former partner of Marsha Ambrosius) brings a seductive flow to “The Midas (This is Why)” which adds to the World Music flavor of the album. James says, “This track is a real serious mash-up with the R&B groove, the shekere and conga percussion, coupled with the ‘Euro’ vibe from The Floacist!”

Other treasures on the album include James’ fresh take on Stevie Wonder’s R&B/Latin classic “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” along with originals by James that run the gamut from subtle and sophisticated with tracks like “Acalento (Lullaby)” and “Mari’s Song,” to high energy with “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Powerhouse.”

James produced the record and wrote (or co-wrote) eight songs. The album marks his return to Concord Records. Mark Wexler, General Manager/SVP, Concord-Telarc Label Group says, “Boney is one of those unique artists that truly understands his outstanding talent and knows how to blend his originality with what his fans love to hear. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him back as part of our Concord family.” James is equally enthusiastic about re-joining the label, “Concord and I have had great successes, previously, and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with them on one of the best records I’ve ever done.”

In addition to his GRAMMY nominations, James is a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album) and has been honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. He has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. To date, nine of James' albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and two have reached the top 10 on the R&B Albums Chart, a rare feat for an instrumental artist.

Complete Track Listing:

  1. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (4:56)
  2. Sunset Boulevard (4:07)
  3. Missing You (3:37)
  4. Batucada (The Beat) featuring Rick Braun (4:03)
  5. Maker of Love featuring Raheem DeVaughn (3:48)
  6. Mari’s Song (4:28)
  7. Powerhouse (4:00)
  8. The Midas (This Is Why) featuring The Floacist (4:03)
  9. Acalento (Lullaby) (4:04)
  10. You Can Count On Me (4:57)

Boney is also renowned for his compelling live performances. According to The Boston Globe: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty….James swaggers across the stage like a blacktop hero draining trays on an overmatched opponent. He even weaves his way through the crowd, all but daring them not to have a good time.”

Boney will be on tour for all of 2013 following the release of The Beat.

Current tour dates are:

6/15 Lancaster, CA – Lancaster Jazz Festival at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

6/20 Milwaukee, WI – Northern Lights Theater

6/21 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theater

6/22 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater

6/23 Louisville, KY – Palace Theater

7/11 Dallas, TX - House of Blues

7/12 – Austin, TX – One World Theater

7/13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

7/19 – Columbus, OH – Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

7/20 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Jazz Festival

7/21 San Dimas, CA- Jazz Fest West

7/26-7/28 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

8/16 – Newport Beach, CA - The Hyatt Newporter Back Bay Amphitheater

8/17 – Temecula, CA – Thornton Winery

8/31 – Fresno, CA – Rotary Amphitheater

9/14  - Sacramento, CA  - Red Lion Hotel 

9/28 - Burford, GA Lake  - Lanier Islands Resort 

10/12 – 10/18 San Diego, CA - Smooth Jazz Cruise

10/25 Troy NY- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

10/26 New Haven CT- Lyman Center

10/27 Boston MA- Wilbur Theater

1/12/14 – Smooth Jazz Cruise