Snapshot is a budget-line compilation focusing on Bob James' '70s recordings. The '70s were prime years for the keyboardist, who pioneered a smoother, more R&B-influenced jazz sound. Included here are such cuts as "El Verano," "Love Lips," and "Feel Like Making Love." Also included is James' classic theme song to the TV sitcom Taxi. However, while most of the tracks here are from the '70s, there are several later-career cuts toward the end of of the disc, including "...
Stop That!" off 1990's Grand Piano Canyon and "Niles a Head" from 2006's Urban Flamingo. While there are more essential James collections available, Snapshot is a pleasant listen.
Here is more evidence that fado is one of the great urban sounds, and Amalia herself, at her best, one of the finest singers this century has produced. No frills here, just enchantment backed by the equally classic duo of guitars, Portuguese (Jaime Santos) and six-stringed (Domingos Camarinha or Santos Moreira). Three cuts are in Spanish. The rest are pure Lisbon saudade.
This Victor Manuelle compilation offers more hits than usual (as part of Sony Latin's above-average Oro Salsero series); in all, Victor Manuelle's individual recordings will offer the customer a better deal.