March 11 2008
Time for another video update on the new music we have going on at the station. This time I want to introduce you all to Jose James. An excellent musician, he is as much Jazz as he is hip hop, making his sound sort of on the level with acid jazz and he has been compared to legends from that genre like Leon Thomas or even Roy Ayers. Bottom line for me is that he makes songs that are deep and heady, and wears well over repeat listening. The new album is a bit buzzworthy, it's called The Dreamer and features James running the gamut from jazz classics to re-rubs on some more contemporary (hip hop) sounds. Good stuff, that is the work of a solid year of self promotion in Europe ultimately attracting the attention of radio giant Gilles Peterson of the BBC's Radio One, who signed him to his excellent label, Brownswood Records. Here is a video featuring James live...feels good this music...enjoy.