Following on from the podcasts provided below, here’s an interview Jose James, a fresh recruit to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label. Playing full length tracks of his debut album, James’ sound is soulful, sultry and classic all at once.
With a voice that sways halfway between Bill Withers and Nina Simone and references to jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis standing firmly forward in his music – this is a great jazz album. But it’s not all old school, James pulls in some more modern influences, so those of us not born before the colour TV can still appreciate the music.
If you’re looking for something to take along on your long country drives or a something smooth to help the bubbly go down on a special night – this is the album you’ve been looking for. Unfortunately I can’t find anywhere to purchase a digital copy, but don’t worry – I’ll keep an eye out for it and let you know the second I find it. For now though – enjoy the podcast.