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!

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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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New Track: Emily King – “All I Can Become”


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Emily King this week also released a new single called “All I Can Become.” The soothing tune is an ode to love and belief in self with the message easily delivered a la a very palatable R&B sound with nice little dashings of pop and rock sensibilities. Enjoy the free download!

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Video: Emily King – “Every Part” (Live Piano Session)

 

The graceful miss Emily King met up with her pal Ethan for an impromptu piano session. What resulted was a chilling live rendition of “Every Part” from her recent Seven EP, which hopefully you heard in July! Simple, modest, and beautiful – signature Emily.

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New Release: Emily King – ‘The Seven EP’

 

Who adores Emily King? Raise your hand. We’d better see a full room of internet hands. We missed you, Emily! It’s with much excitement that we present you with Emily’s latest release that dropped this week, The Seven EP. The minute we hit “play,” we were reminded how Emily’s voice makes us melt – collectively. The EP is characteristically mellow and perfect for crocheting on your porch – or sipping some iced tea on your stoop on an early Sunday morning. Stream below!

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