Artist Watch: The Jose James Sessions
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a new Jose James album---and I'm about to get my wish. Just that I have to wait for Spring of next year. Yet, I have something to tide me over till then. Jose James was spotted last month in London, taking over a warehouse space for the AllSaints Basement Sessions laying down some new tracks such as "Trouble" and "It's All Over Your Body". I'm just now seeing these performances, and once again I'm floored. I just adore his voice. It was one of the main reasons why I loved last year's Black Magic, which was just an impeccable jazz-soul creation. If you haven't taken to it, please do so.
Now I finally realized that the person who was at the tip of my thoughts concerning Jose's tone was Gil Scott-Heron. Jose adds that kind of texture and grit to his songs as well. Coincidentally, Jose did a mini-tribute to the late hip-hop pioneer by pulling out "Winter In America" at a past event this summer. Mmmm...yes!
Check after the cut for more sound goodies, and hop on over to YouTubey for an in-depth interview with Jose if you wanna get better acquainted with the man behind that silky alto.