He picked up his nickname while on tour with Crawford. After mentioning to a keyboardist that he was running out of food money, the musician replied that if he ate any less, he would have to be called Boney James.
Live Music at it's finest. Don Myrick's alto solo on "Reasons" is a classic. Song after song of amazing jazzy/funk/soul music. Huge influence on me.
2. "Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield
It's so vibey and atmospheric. Another soul R&B record that always sounded like jazz to me. The arrangement are very sophisticated and classy bur earthy at the same time.
3. "Aja" - Steely Dan
Every song is a classic in my opinion. The whole record from lyrics to rhythm tracks of such a high quality technically and the music grabs me.
4. "Innervisions" - Stevie Wonder
Of all the incredible Stevie Records, this is my fave. Every song is great, his singing and playing is great. I just love it.
5. "Mister Magic" - Grover Washington, Jr.
This was a big influence on me. When I heard the title cut for the first time I was just getting serious about the sax. The combination of the funky groove with Grover's beautiful sound and soulful playing really got me interested in the idea of pursuing music as a career.
6. "Heavy Weather" - Weather Report
The musicianship and songs on this record still amazes me today. A great combination of styles and moods without regard for conventions. And a big hit! Very inspirational.
7. "Charlie Brown Christmas" - Vince Guaraldi
No explanation needed.
8. "Who Is Jill Scott?" - Jill Scott
I Love her voice and writing on this record. It's very R&B, it's very unusual harmonically and each song has a distinct vibe.
9. "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" - Maxwell
The first time I heard it I thought, Who's This? It's very cool! Kinda retro/modern and Maxwell can really sing! Great songs.