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Nathan East Helps Define “The New Cool”

Bob James & Nathan East: The New CoolFourplay bandmates, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East, have released an album as a duo: The New Cool.

The Nashville-recorded album featuring original tunes and some standards (even a take on “Crazy” featuring Vince Gill) is a whirlwind of delights from the bandmates of more than 20 years.

East and James are particularly fond of the album closer, “Turbulence,” which James admits he might not have fully developed in other circumstances. “Without Nate’s encouragement, I would have easily dropped it, but I needed… I needed my muse to say, ‘It’s OK. It’s OK that it’s flawed. We’ll make it better’,” James said. People who worked on the album, raved about the song, including East, who said that he could hear, early on, that it would be a masterpiece.

The New Cool is available on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Let East (Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk) and James tell you how the record came together (first video) and check out the trailer (second video):

The New Cool Track List:

  1. The New Cool
  2. Oliver’s Bag
  3. All Will Be Revealed
  4. Midnight Magic/Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow
  5. Crazy (feat. Vince Gill)
  6. How Deep Is The Ocean
  7. Canto Y La Danza
  8. Waltz For Judy
  9. Seattle Sunrise
  10. Ghost Of A Chance
  11. Turbulence