A solid saxophonist whose style falls on the R&B and pop side of jazz, Boney James is a consistent best-seller who can always be relied upon to put on a colorful live show.
Trust The saxophonist made his debut as a leader with Trust in 1992 (Spindletop), which earned him a contract with Warner Bros. two years later. While there, he recorded many popular dates, including Backbone, Seduction, Boney's Funky Christmas, Sweet Thing, Shake It Up, Ride, and Pure. Released in 2015, it featured a smaller core of studio players and a guest spot from trumpeter Marquis Hill. The album debuted at number one on contemporary jazz charts and by the end of the year, it hit the top spot on the standard jazz albums chart. James continued to strip things down for 2017's Honestly, his 16th album. He produced the record and co-wrote all but one track, an interpretation of the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael classic "Skylark." He enlisted vocalist and co-writers Avery Sunshine for the title cut (and charting Urban Adult single) and Eric Roberson for "If I Can't Hold You." His first instrumental single "Tick Tock," was one of four songs co-written and co-produced with Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke), with horn charts by Jerry Hey (Michael Jackson). Honestly was issued by Concord in early September.