José James and Taylor McFerrin have both been on the minds of music makers, consumers, and tastemakers for a while now. We sat down to take a look at how they have collaborated over the years, their friendship, common influences, and what comes next for the pair in our video feature below.
On the tails of releasing his latest, No Beginning No End, José James has been participating in a lot of interesting events that bring the audience into his world. This past weekend saw James live-tweeting his thoughts and recollections of the process while he listened through the album. Today, José will be at the Soho Apple Store as a part of their “Meet the Musicians” series. Check out the details below!
José James is gearing up to drop his highly anticipated No Beginning No End (NPR First Listen) and we’ve got a pari of tickets to giveaway to his Highline Ballroom Show! “No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now, I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.”
This week José James performed “Trouble” off of his upcoming album No Beginning, No End on the Conan O’Brien Show. As always it was a stellar performance with his band that boasts Kris Bowers on keys/piano, Solomon Dorsey on bass, Nate Smith on drums, Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, and Corey King on trombone. This is without a doubt one of the baddest live bands around now.
Ahead of the highly anticipated release of José James’ No Beginning, No End, the team released a series of videos featuring iconic pianist and collaborator Robert Glasper interviewing James about the new record, his unique voice and influences, and what’s next.
As we began conducting interviews for the Organ Issue, it quickly became obvious that Grant Windsor was the kind of musician we were looking to talk to. His resume boasts projects with José James, Richard Spaven, Randy Brecker, Femi Temowo and so many others, but it is his feel that separates him from so many other musicians. A master of hitting all the right spots, Windsor brings the heat whether he’s layering in organ to fill a void, delving into a hip-hop feel, or laying down some funk. Check out Windosr’s brand new joint “Pusher” with Femi Temowo and Troy Miller that we’re premiering and read on as he breaks down his story for us.
If there is one thing you should know about DJ Spinna it’s that he is an auteur. No matter the context, Spinna’s creative vision shines through project after project with each new idea bringing together an original piece of artistry with an overarching theme that lets listeners appreciate the originals in a new light. With his latest mix tape entitled “The Eccentric Movements of José James,” Spinna intertwines the early releases James put out with some of his favorites as well as a peak at some music from James’ forthcoming No Beginning, No End.
As we prepare to release some tracks from Takuya Kuroda’s upcoming album entitled Six Aces, we are excited to release an exclusive documentary-short featuring a day in the life of Kuroda, specifically May 18th, 2012. Shot by the talented Ryosuke Tanzawa, the video follows Kuroda from sunrise to sunset through recording, practicing, hanging with friends, mixing, and more.
Tonight, 5/11/12, Jose James will be showcasing new material from his upcoming album, No Beginning, No End. On the heels of being signed to Blue Note Records, James has been on a performance stretch that has covered the world. For this concert his frequent collaborator, Taylor McFerrin, will also be showing off his one-man production/performance show, no doubt with some help from James.
I think it’s just different with jazz. Once you decide you’re going to do jazz, you realize it’s going to take you your whole life to do anything original and to get to a level that’s anywhere close to Ella, or Miles or any of these people, stylistically. I think anybody who thinks they’re, like, soaking in right away, is just not going to last long in jazz. It’s a whole different mindset. I wasn’t thinking about making a record, because I didn’t have anything original to say. I just wanted to learn the standards, and that takes years of practice and jam sessions and buying real books and trying to figure out what people are doing. It’s like trying to unlock a code.