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Contact (Boney James album)

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📅 ReleasedMarch 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)
🎙️ Recorded2010
GenreSmooth jazz
⏳ Length48:15
🏷️ LabelVerve
🤑 ProducerBoney James

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Contact is the thirteenth studio album by jazz saxophonist Boney James, released in 2011.[1][2]

Background and recording[edit]

James was part way through the recording of the album in 2010 when he was rear-ended by a drunk driver while sitting in traffic, suffering a fractured jaw, facial cuts, and losing two teeth.[1] He was unable to play sax for six weeks as a result, and used this time to focus on writing for the album.[1][3]

Of the album's title, James stated "Some of these songs had more of an energy even as I was starting, which is the first reason why I called it Contact. I thought of an airplane propeller being spun around."[3]

The album features vocals from LeToya Luckett (on "When I Had the Chance"), Mario (on "That Look on Your Face"), Heather Headley (on "I'm Waiting"), and Donell Jones (on "Close to You").[2] It also features Dean Parks on guitar, and Mark Stephens on piano.[2]

Two singles were taken from the album, "Contact" and "When I Had the Chance".[1]

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Contact received positive reviews from JazzTimes and Allmusic (Thom Jurek calling it "a bright spot in James' catalog").[2][4]

The album reached no. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, and no. 53 on the Billboard 200.[5][6]

Contact was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the Soul Train Awards.[7]

Track listing[edit]

2."Close to You"4:15
4."When I Had the Chance"4:06
6."That Look on Your Face"4:48
7."Deep Time"4:57
8."I'm Waiting"4:13
9."There and Back"5:10
10."Everything Matters"5:00


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mitchell, Gail (March 28, 2011). "Boney James: Contact Sport". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Soergel, Brian (September 6, 2011). "Boney James: Contact". JazzTimes. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jordan, Mark (2011) "Life's sweeter for James, his music", The Commercial Appeal, December 2, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2018  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  4. Jurek, Thom "Contact Review", Allmusic. Retrieved February 9, 2018
  5. "Boney James Chart History: Jazz Albums", billboard.com. Retrieved February 9, 2018
  6. "Boney James Chart History: Top Album Sales", billboard.com. Retrieved February 9, 2018
  7. Webb, Genea L. (2013) "Boney James: Making Good Music His Life's Work", New Pittsburgh Courier, May 1, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2018  – via HighBeam (subscription required)

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