“Fourplay” appeared in the 90s. The group founder is the keyboardist, Bob James. At that time, he was already a popular figure in the field of jazz. James was not only an instrumentalist, but also a composer and arranger. In 1990, he got together with his old friend, Harvey Mason, who is a drummer, producer, musician and a composer. Later, guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton) joined the project.
Their first solo debut album was released in 1991. Therefore, began the story of the band, which is part of the heroes that created the history of jazz music in the world.
The musician, Ritenour, along with his guitar, was the foundation in the creation of that initial recognisable and authentic sound of Fourplay. He left the group in 1998 and his place took Larry Carlton (The Crusaders, Johnny Mitchell, Quincy Jones).
Carlton’s first appearance in studio was after finishing the fourth edition of 1998.
After 12 years as a member, Carlton left the band in April 2010 in order to build a solo career. The group welcomed the newest member, the talented guitarist Chuck Loeb. His musical contributions to the band undoubtedly improved the Fourplay’s creativity and pursuit for perfection. Loeb made his debut with the quarter “Let’s Touch The Sky“, release in October, 2010.