New Release: DJ Spinna – ‘The Eccentric Movements of Jose James’ Mixtape

 

Oh, man. This little collection of songs makes us want to put in some work. Ahem. Who better for some motivation than Jose James curated by none other than DJ Spinna? Called The Eccentric Movements of Jose James, sir Spinna weaves together old and new music from one of our favorite sexy soul men to create a perfect atmosphere for you and your Labor Day boo. The mixtape is a precursor to Jose’s upcoming release on Blue Note.

Yes, and it is all yours as a free download this very moment. Get on that, swiftly, boocakes.

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New Release: Lionel Loueke – ‘Heritage’

 

West African jazz guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke today releases his incredible third album, Heritage, co-produced by Blue Note label mate Robert Glasper.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a gentle virtuoso,” Lionel approaches Heritage with a journey into a more electric sound with his new trio, including Derrick Hodge (electric bass), Mark Guiliana (drums), and Robert Glasper contributing piano and keyboards on six tracks. Singer Gretchen Parlato offers background vocals on two tracks, further weaving the already beautiful tapestry of sound.

In the below video, get a behind the scenes look at the recording process of Heritage. And next week, join Lionel as he kicks of his fall tour, beginning with three shows at NYC’s Blue Note September 4-6.

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Blue Note Reissues Six Classic Jazz Albums in Hi-Def Audio

 

Blue Note this week released six classic jazz albums in high definition audio. Digitally remastered for the first time, these albums will be available on HDtracks for an unparalleled listening experience. All albums will come packaged with original liner notes, extra photos, and newly written essays. Folks can look forward to more reissues coming soon, but in the meantime, check below for the stellar works that have been made available this week:

John ColtraneBlue Train
Eric DolphyOut To Lunch
Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage
Wayne Shorter- Speak No Evil
Horace SilverSong for My Father
Larry YoungUnity

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Interview: Jose James on Blue Note Signing & 5/11 NYC Show

 

In anticipation of his show at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) tomorrow and his recent signing to Blue Note, we caught up with the heart-melting José James to get the latest on some very exciting developments. After hearing more about what Jose has to say about No Beginning, No End as well as the LPR show – we’re just about losing it with excitement!

Details for the show are below. Also, enter our contest to win tickets to tomorrow’s show.

Giant Step: Congratulations on signing with Blue Note! How does it feel?

Jose James: It feels fantastic – it’s a dream come true. Blue Note is everyone’s favorite classic jazz label and it’s exciting to bring something fresh to the legacy.

GS: What can we expect on the new album? And what excites you most about this new project?

JJ: First of all, the new album features Pino Palladino – the legend! Truly an honor to work with him. Chris “Daddy” Dave, Robert Glapser, Hindi Zahra, Richard Spaven, Emily King – it’s a stellar cast. It’s a mix of soul, R&B, gospel, jazz, and singer-songwriter. It’s truly a deeper look into who I am as an artist, outside of just jazz. I co-wrote with many of the artists above, as well as Fink and Amp Fiddler. I feel this is a definitive album for me and so far my best work. It’s been two years in the making! Sonically it’s way ahead of my other albums and I have engineers Brian Bender and Russ Elevado to thank for that.

GS: When can we hear No Beginning, No End – when does it drop?!

JJ: Well I just signed, so now we’re doing photoshoots and planning videos. Definitely will drop some new music this fall – stay tuned at josejamesmusic.com for updates! In the meantime, I’m showcasing new material in my live shows and will start touring worldwide.

GS: What can folks look forward to at this show?

JJ: I got Taylor McFerrin with me – he’s so amazing. Emily King special guest, and a fantastic band: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Andy Hunter trombone, Samora Pinderhughes keys, Ben Williams bass, and Nate Smith on drums. We keep it funky and real soulful!

GS: Any other special news you’re able to share with Giant Step fans?

JJ: Look out for remixes and vinyl – this is the album you’ve been waiting for.

Event Details
José James with Special Guests, plus Taylor McFerrin

Friday, May 11, 2012
Doors 7pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
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Exclusive Track: Wayna – “So Long Heartache” (Blue Remix) + NYC Billie Holiday Tribute Show @ Blue Note – 4/6

 

Grammy nominated DC soul singer Wayna has blessed us with the opportunity to share a gorgeous remix for her follow-up to Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache.” Called “So Long Heartache,” the tune starts off coy and slowed down with a cover of the original tune and then picks up into a modern soul groove with a bright beat and a feature from DC lyricist W. Ellington Felton. Loving it – the lady got some pipes and flavor to spare! Stream the track below.

Also, catch Wayna this Friday at the Blue Note for a special Billie Holiday birthday celebration and tribute show. W. Ellington Felton will also be performing as a featured guest. In addition to some incredible Billie Holiday covers, guests can also look forward to a preview of Wayna’s upcoming third studio album!

Wayna – “So Long Heartache” (Blue Remix)
 

Event Details
Wayna Pays Tribute To Billie Holiday
Friday, April 6th

12.30AM

Blue Note
131 West 3rd St
New York, NY

Tickets; $10
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