Bob James On “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”

Bob James On "People's Party With Talib Kweli"

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli sits down with jazz keyboardist, arranger, record producer, and one of the most sampled artists in hip hop:


Here’s what they got into:

  • Thanking Bob for his contribution to the soundtrack of Talib’s childhood
  • The fun Bob has had at the Blue Note Jazz club playing with hip hop artists
  • Bob’s song “Mardi Gras” and Ralph McDonald’s providing of those iconic bells
  • Hip Hop’s love of the Fender Rhodes and how Bob gravitated towards its sound
  • Growing up in the jazzless small farming town of Marshall, Missouri
  • His mother’s wish for him to play classical, and Bob convincing her otherwise
  • Bob’s witnessing the segregation of Black and white students in high school
  • His college years of attending the University of Michigan and Berklee
  • Quincy Jones’ role in one of the most pivotal moments of Bob’s career
  • Quincy being more than a musician, but an entity and his power in the studio
  • Bob’s iconic song, “Nautilus”, being one of the most sampled tracks ever
  • How protective Rudy Van Gelder was with his techniques and equipment
  • Creed Taylor’s CTI label and recording for Quincy Jones’ ‘Walking In Space’
  • Arrested Development’s sampling of “Tappan Zee” for “Everyday People”
  • Bob’s feeling uncomfortable playing the part of the music police
  • Evolving on the concept of sampling and rapper’s intentions over the years
  • Becoming friends with DMC during the Blue Note Jazz Club sessions
  • Hearing his music sampled for the first time on “Here We Go Again”
  • How the site Tracklib has given artists a place to clear samples with ease
  • Earl Klugh’s knack for creating simple, yet beautiful melodies on the fly
  • How the track, “Angela”, became the theme song for the TV show “Taxi”
  • Bob’s work with David Sanborn and Marcus Miller on the hit ”Maputo”
  • Why Bob felt compelled to make a video in support of Black Lives Matter

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