Today we've got some more photos from the Jose James album release show for No Beginning No End last week. Along with a bunch of new live photos, we've also got some exclusive backstage shots thanks to photographer Janette Beckman.
Last night, Jose James packed a full shoulder to shoulder crowd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC for his No Beginning No End album release show. An eager and attentive crowd would go from standing still in awe to happily grooving, switching in intervals throughout the performance - Jose surely knows how to captivate.
The first half of the show was naturally focused on the new album and material, with Jose gliding across stage and outpouring the euphoria of the moment he felt through that gorgeous voice of his. Then, with a tender and somber Amp Fiddler cover that many assumed would be the final encore, Jose transitioned in a whole second half of the show.
"Park Bench People" was his segue into his older catalog, a song he performed with a proud nostalgic fervor and familiarity as the crowd lit up in cheers with similar sentiments. Jose also sprinkled much of his performance with charming human turntable interludes, "scratching" and "mixing" the song with just his voice. The ante got upped towards the end of the show where he invited Taylor McFerrin to join in on the human turntablism with his impeccable beatbox - the pair were visibly in another land as they vibed back and forth.
Jose also took the time to announce to the audience that him and his wife are expecting a baby girl. The glowing father to be then dedicated a song to his two ladies. It was a beautiful night all around.
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This guy is so damn cool. First time we saw him was at SXSW 2012 when he buzzed about with his eleventy-billion showcases, murderating stage after stage. Hailed by the press as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix after wowing crowds for the last couple years going hard on the festival circuit, Gary Clark Jr. is that dude.
The newest single from his upcoming album, Blak and Blu comes in the form of a distorted, gritty wonderland called "Numb" and carries a vocal style reminding us a but of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys fame. No going wrong with that, either.
The first single, "Ain't Messin 'Round," was released in September and has a crispier, poppier, high energy vibe. The man boasts variety - go 'head, boo.
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Purchase "Numb" on iTunes
Pre-Order Blak and Blu on iTunes