Boney James & Double Vision Revisited featuring Bob James, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller played the Greek Theatre on Aug. 4. Bob James, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, and Billy Kilson played quite an incredible set. Collectively, these legends have played with icons such as Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and countless others. This was just over a month after Miller turned 60. Double Vision was released in 1986 and won a Grammy for Best Jazz Fusion Album as well as spending 63 weeks on the Billboard charts. Former Tower of Power vocalist and current Temptations member, Larry Braggs joined in for "Since I Fell For You," which was originally sung by the late great Al Jarreau (Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male). To see one of these legends individually is special, but to see them all together is very rare.
James is a four-time Grammy nominee, a Soul-Train award winner, and received two NAACP Image Award nominations. James has also released four gold-selling albums, and 10 years ago made the top three of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade. When it comes to cool, it doesn’t get cooler than James with his looks and sax playing. James had a great band with three vocalists. He is the kind of artist to see whether you’re a jazz fan or not. He closed out the show with his remake of Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing In The Grass.”
Overall, the Boston Globe summed up Boney James in the best way, "Let's make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball...James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining trays on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time."