JOSE JAMES No Be­gin­ning No End

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL Down­load: Make It Right, Trou­ble, Come to My Door

Blue Note Af­ter two al­bums for Gilles Peter­son’s Brownswood, Jose James moves onto Blue Note – and ex­pec­ta­tions are in­evitably raised by the trans­fer. His pre­vi­ous re­leases saw this son of a Pana­ma­nian jazz tenor sax fa­ther and Ir­ish-Amer­i­can mother work with Fly­ing Lo­tus and Moody­mann, and it’s news­chool jazz heavy­weights such as Robert Glasper and Chris Dave who join James here. The re­sult is an al­bum full of rich, vi­brant, warm grooves that roll back the years through decades of black pop, soul, jazz, r’n’b and hip-hop, and put you in mind of past greats who have come this way be­fore. James’s voice is the real draw through­out, a sen­sual, sen­si­tive in­stru­ment that can purr like D’An­gelo (Make It Right) or soar like Marvin Gaye (Trou­ble). The real deal. jose­james­mu­

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