Song Review: Jose James’ Smooth Blue Note Debut

January 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Jose James

Jose James

New this week: No Beginning No End, Jose James’ first record on Blue Note. We review “Vanguard,” featured in the playlist of HASH’s brand new issue:

“José James is a neo-soul savvy crooner who’s been stressing that connection of
late. But unlike that school of vocalists he doesn’t bother with sweaty falsetto olympics, or need to. So even as his first Blue Note release—due January 22nd—harbors furtive funk and Soulquarian vibes, James sticks to the resonant depths of his baritone and a breathier intuition….”

— Issue 6, p.68

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