Jose James


No Beginning No End Blue Note ****

After two albums for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood, Jose James moves onto Blue Note – and expectations are inevitably raised by the transfer. His previous releases saw this son of a Panamanian jazz tenor sax father and Irish-American mother work with Flying Lotus and Moodymann, and it’s new- school jazz heavyweights such as Robert Glasper and Chris Dave who join James here. The result is an album full of rich, vibrant, warm grooves that roll back the years through decades of black pop, soul, jazz, r’n’b and hip-hop, and put you in mind of past greats who have come this way before. James’s voice is the real draw throughout, a sensual, sensitive instrument that can purr like D’Angelo (Make It Right) or soar like Marvin Gaye (Trouble). The real deal.

Download:Make It Right, Trouble, Come to My Door

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