Singer-songwriter José James' full-length label debut, No Beginning No End, is his very own intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. It features the single "It's All Over Your Body" (out now on iTunes), as well as "Trouble," which is the iTunes free Single of the Week.
No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James' transcendent voice. Gilles Peterson got an early listen to the album and immediately took to Twitter to declare it "a landmark" likening it to "Smokey Robinson for the new generation."
Conceived, recorded and produced independently, the album is James' most personal statement yet and boasts collaborators including noted producer/bassist Pino Palladino; pianist/composer Robert Glasper; R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist Emily King; international French-Moroccan singing star Hindi Zahra; and the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition winner pianist Kris Bowers.
"No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now," says James. "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."
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2013 U.S. Tour Dates
Jan. 23 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Jan. 24 – Howard Theatre – Washington DC
Jan. 26 – Scullers – Boston, MA
Jan. 29 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Mar. 6 – Asia & Australia Tour
Mar. 9 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
Mar. 10 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 12 – The Del Monte Speakeasy – Los Angeles, CA
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