July 3, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - José James - Live at Duc des Lombards, Paris - 020712

For any nu-jazz/nu-soul fan, José James's forthcoming third solo LP titled No Beginning, No End certainly is one of the most awaited new record of 2012 ! 


Featuring a phenomenal list of guests, it will be released in a few months. While he already revealed a couple of extracts a few months ago through a live session, the best way to get warmed up in the meantime is to catch him on stage either in an intimate jazz club or a hot summer festival.


I was lucky enough to see him yesterday at the cosy Duc des Lombards club in Paris where I could once again enjoy his unique style, brillantly bridging the classic jazz era with the nu-soul world. 


On a quartet formation (drums, bass, piano, trumpet) he alternated between new tracks and songs from his reference LPs, The Dreamer and BlackmagicHis ability to mix a wide range of singing styles coupled with his natural class made a killing yesterday but so did the talent of his musicians whom he leaves ample room to digress and offer brillant solos.


José James & Takuya Turoda
Special mention to his trumpet player Takuya Turoda and his long-time drummer Richard Spaven (who should by the way release soon a second solo album after his brillant first record Spaven's 5ive).




Below you'll find a few videos extracts of the show with Do You Feel and It's All Over Your Body (which should be on the from the forthcoming new album), as well as Save Your Love From Me (from Blackmagic) :








Le troisième album solo de José James intitulé No Beginning, No End est l'un des disques nu-jazz/nu-soul les plus attendus de l'année. En attendant sa sortie probablement à l'automne, le meilleur moyen de se mettre l'eau à la bouche est d'aller voir ce chanteur hors-pair sur scène dans l'intimité de petits clubs de jazz ou la chaleur d'un festival d'été.
Ce fut la première option pour moi hier à l'occasion de sa venue à Paris au Duc des Lombards où il nous a offert un remarquable récital en formation quartet. Conjuguant à merveille via ses multiples variations au chant l'âge d'or du jazz et la sphère nu-soul contemporaine, José prend visiblement un plaisir énorme à roder son nouveau disque en compagnie d'un nouveau groupe au sein duquel on ne retrouve que le fidèle batteur Richard Spaven et où l'on peut découvrir le subjuguant trompettiste japonais Takuya Turoda.
Ci-dessus quelques extraits vidéos.






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