This week, Gilles goes as deep as he wants to, starting off with some sunshine by Seu George (Roy Ayers' classic, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"), playing tunes by Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, and finishing off the show with "On a Clear Day" by the Charlie Byrd Trio. Elephino (pictured above) brings us the Worldwide Family Mixtape this week, mixing in some of his own work with other artists including Prince, Joy Orbison, and Kid Kanevil.
This weekGilles Peterson features a mix by producer/musician James Blake, along with some way-out African, more deep jazz and new James Pants, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Flying Lotus, Ital Tek and plenty more. The first track is by an artist called Gregory Porter, who Gilles says you'll like if you're into José James. Gilles also gives us his take on the new Jyoti, calling her the Mary Lou Williams of the new generation! "Lots of stuff in the box this week..."
Our show with José James this weekend was a great success. José and his band were on point with their blend of classic jazz structures, experimental sounds and hip hop rhythms. Jordana de Lovely sang background vocals, providing a nice feminine counterpart to José's smooth deep voice.
Between songs, José made sure to thank his major influences and collaborators, including Flying Lotus and Taylor McFerrin. He noted Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington (and many more) after his version of "Save Your Love For Me," and expressed his dedication to Billy Strayhorn before launching into "Lush Life." Overall, José and the band wowed the audience with various tracks from Blackmagic and a couple tracks off his upcoming project with Jef Neve on Impulse, For All We Know.
Enjoy the photos, and a big thank you to those of you who came out!
After a 2 year absence from NYC, José James is finally back and he has a brand new CD to show off. Blackmagic, released February 1st, has been garnering steady critical acclaim since its release. Featuring the likes of Flying Lotus on the production team, this album is both a nod to José's jazz roots as well as a step into a new R&B laden sound for him. Put Me On It blogger said it best when she said "this is the kind of album that makes you want to name your first born José, even if you're Nigerian."
He will be making a rare NYC appearance on Saturday, April 17 at Hiro Ballroom. There are very limited advance tickets and table reservations available here.
If you haven't heard the new album, you should do yourself a favor and get it now. In the meanwhile here is a remix of his new track "Warrior."