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Jose James on World Cafe | June 13, 2013

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Originally from Minneapolis, José James began chasing his dreams of jazz singing at 17. He found his way to London and New York, and eventually ended up at The New School to study jazz vocals. James was always interested in a musical place where jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more can all come together.

James finds that musical niche on his new album, No Beginning, No End. In this installment of World Cafe, the singer and his band perform songs that seamlessly blend a multitude of funk, hip-hop and jazz sounds. In an interview, James also discusses the greatness of Marvin Gaye arranger Leon Ware, and elaborates on why he chose to make a "quiet" album.(Link)

Photo Credit: Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist

Tracklist: 

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Hour 1

Stevie Wonder “Too High” Innervisions 
Bruce Springsteen “One Step Up” Tunnel Of Love
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart 
((Black Joe Lewis “I’m Broke” Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is))
Jose James “It’s All Over Your Body” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Jose James “Simply Beautiful” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jose James “Trouble” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Minus The Bear “Ice Monster” Planet of Ice))
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” Sing To The Moon
James “Born Of Frustration” Fresh As A Daisy: The Singles 
Rhye “Open” Woman
Sade “Your Love Is King” Diamond Life

Hour 2

The Lone Bellow “You Never Need Nobody” The Lone Bellow
Houndmouth “On The Road” From The Hills Below The City 
Cracker "Low" Kerosene Hat
Ryan Adams “Firecracker” Gold
((Forro In The Dark “Cajuina” Bonfires of Sao Joao))
NG La Banda “La Expresiva” La Habana Entera
David Calzado Y La Charanga Habanera “Hey You Loca” Charanga Habanera, Volume 1
Habana De Primera “Resumen De Los 90” Ahora! En La Habana 2 
((The Cuban Cowboys “Jinetero” Cuban Candles))
The Hold Steady “Constructive Summer” Stay Positive
John Hiatt “Thing Called Love” Bring The Family
Hanni El Khatib “Nobody Move” Head In The Dirt 
((Dan Auerbach “Mean Monsoon” Keep It Hid))