New long awaited album by Jose James on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Records imprint. 14 tracks. Check!The jazz voice of a generation, José James returns with a moodier, edgier and more sensual sound, drawing inspiration from the worldwide underground.
Since ‘The Dreamer’ José has performed in maybe 30 countries, worked with some of the best, wisest and finest artists in the world such as Chico Hamilton and Junior Mance and he has built a community of friends and fellow music-lovers all over the globe. The distance from New York to Tokyo is quickly bridged by music, as the track ‘Promise in love’ with DJ Mitsu The Beats of Jazzy Sport aptly demonstrates. José is keen to stress the way that this global community has shaped ‘Blackmagic’:
“There is community on this record and my community has grown –Minneapolis gave way to New York, while New York in turn gave way to London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Berlin, LA, Rotterdam (North Sea Jazz Festival), Detroit , Barcelona, Brussels... I've been living and working in these cities – digitally, long-term, short-term, paying rent or whatever, for 2 years or so and it's all there.”