Digitally re-mastered edition of this 1978 album from the Jazz guitarist. Sunny Side Up was his debut album and a massive hit for all concerned. It contains the Jazz Funk classic "Black Is the Color". The album also includes a much celebrated version of the Bill Withers smash "Lovely Day" while a full cast of musicians on this album includes David Sanborn, Richard Tee, Harvey Mason, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker and Eric Gale. Expansion.
12 is of historic value because it introduced saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who was still a year away from debuting as a leader with 1985's Floppy Disk. One of the more noteworthy albums that Bob James came out with in the '80s, 12 finds him featuring the up-and-coming Whalum on three selections: the funky "No Pay, No Play," the pensive "Midnight" and Whalum's own "Ruby, Ruby, Ruby" (a slightly Spyro Gyra-ish number). While those selections are enjoyable, the strongest tune on the CD is James' haunting, Chick Corea-influenced "Legacy."