November 11, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - José James - Live At New Morning (Paris) - 071112

After his recent visit to Paris on a trio format in the intimate Duc Des Lombards Jazz Club, José James was back last wednesday on the hotter New Morning to officially present his forthcoming LP No Beginning, No End to be released January 22nd on Blue Note.

Touring with his quatuor (among which his inseparable drummer Richard Spaven & Japanese trumpet player Takuya Turoda) he is now also playing a bit of acoustic guitar as if his vocal talent was not enough !

Echoing his previous Blackmagic tour, this new set-up is a perfect bridge between the world of Jazz, classic Soul and 90's Jazzy Hip-Hop.

Focusing on his exciting new album, this breathless 2h30 gig also hinted at some of his musical heroes, like Bill Withers or Al Green in the form of beautiful covers.

It may get a little repetitive to regular readers of this blog, but I'm gonna say it again : José is one of the defining singer of his time !

Richard Spaven

Takuya Turoda

Below three video extracts :

Little Bird, performed for the first time on stage and which was one fo the most beautiful song from Jazzanova's brillant 2008 album Of All The Things, then Come To My Door, which will feature on the new LP, and finally Ain't No Sunshine, cover of the timeless classic from Bill Withers.

Merci à Vincent B. pour ses superbes photos !

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