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Jose James

José James - Words and Music - 2013

by Alisa Ali

Minneapolis-born, NYC-based José James crafts an intelligent and intoxicating mix of jazz, beats and soul. His third album, called No Beginning No End, is his first on the Blue Note label, and it continues to show José blending styles and forging a new vision - while also drawing inspiration from classic pop song structures. In his recent Studio A visit, he scaled back the songs to just voice, piano and acoustic guitar, and we were lucky enough to get video of the performances.

WFUV CD Of The Week: Jose James

by Carmel Holt

Jose James is hard to classify, and that’s a good thing. On his new album, the aptly titled No Beginning No End, Jose shapeshifts, moves, grooves, and blurs lines between jazz, soul, and R&B, into something refreshingly new. Now a Brooklyn resident, Jose hails from Minneapolis and has moved around plenty. This was partially by necessity, as, like many artists, Jose James has had some false starts with his career. But it would also appear that changing things up suits him.

New Music Monday Has An Eclectic New Mix

by John Stein
Photo of Prince via his website

Prince- “Screwdriver”

Here we have some great, throwback style Prince. He kills it with some strong guitar and hands-off sounding production. Prince is the ultimate alternative pop star and here he cements that position.

Jose James- No Beginning No End

James combines jazz and hip hop in a totally relaxed way. He makes everything sound smooth, so obviously it’s incredibly hard to dislike this new record.