After spending time at University of Michigan and the Berklee School of Music, James started the Bob James Trio in 1962. From 1965 to 1968, he played with Sarah Vaughan before starting to work as a session musician. Along with working extensively on sessions for Hubert Laws, he recorded with Paul Desmond and Ron Carter and collaborated with the likes of David Sanborn, Earl Klugh and Kirk Whalum.
He's also recorded 29 solo albums dating back to his debut, One, in 1974. Since then, he's become a smooth jazz legend but hasn't forgotten his roots, either. What are the best five records from his repertoire to include your collection? Read on for our Buyer's Guide to Bob James.