JAZZ ON SUNDAY: JOSE JAMES - FRANCE 2015

July 19, 2015 – 5:09 am

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JOSE JAMES
France 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Théatre de Verdure, Nice, France; July 7, 2015. Very good FM broadcast.

Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, New York City-based vocalist Jose James combines jazz, soul, drum ‘n’ bass, and spoken word into his own unique brand of vocal jazz. While he states his main influences as John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday, his sound on early 12-inch singles and in live performances brought to mind such icons of ’70s jazz-soul as Terry Callier, and his music felt more like an update of the fluid crossover approach of Gil Scott-Heron, while also being distinctly his own. - wikipedia

In March 2015, James released Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of Holiday’s 100th birthday. “My first clear musical memory is of Billie Holiday,” writes James in the album’s liner notes. “Billie’s voice floated through our house - grand, warm, intimate, and wholly unique… I rediscovered Billie during a difficult period of my teenage years. As much as I loved Nirvana, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest, her music spoke to me on a much deeper level. Her work was mastery - of pain, of trauma, of faith in music and the power of transformation. I had found my teacher. Billie Holiday made me want to be a jazz singer and set me on the path that I’m walking today.”

Thanks to elgaucho for sharing the show at Dime.

Lineage:
TSF, FM / Naim Uniti / RH-09R / Audacity / Xact / Flac

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Track 01. Good Morning Heartache 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 02. Body And Soul 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 03. Fine And Mellow 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 04. Tenderly 6:37 (11.1MB)
Track 05. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 06. Come To My Door 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 07. Ain’t No Sunshine 10:24 (17.5MB)
Track 08. Travel 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 09. Do You Feel 10:34 (17.7MB)
Track 10. Park Bench People 13:44 (23.1MB)
Track 11. Strange Fruit 6:24 (10.8MB)
80 mins

Lineup:
Jose James - vocals, guitar
Takeshi Ohbayashi - piano
Solomon Dorsey - bass
Ryan Lee - drums

Click Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday to order Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday.

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