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José James Audio CD
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Singer-songwriter José James has always been on the quest for new musical horizons; constantly evolving and blurring the lines between genres in the process. Now on the heels of his critically acclaimed Blue Note Records debut No Beginning No End, José returns with his dynamic and daring fifth album While You Were Sleeping. While keeping his trademark ... Read more in Amazon's Josť James Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INDIE (JAPAN)
  • ASIN: B002ZCR16W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,476,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong second CD! 27 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the music of Jose James at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and I was amazed by his voice and performance. I immediatelu bougt his first CD The Dreamer and now I'm a really Jose James-fan. His second CD is very strong and gives a good statue of his qualities and the possibities. I'm looking forward for his third CD with the Belgian jazzpianist Jef Neve, songs of John Coltrane
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart recasting of the James aesthetic 27 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been living with "Black Magic" for the last two weeks and I will agree with the first reviewer that it is a grower but disagree with it being described as a mish-mash of styles. For me the challenge was letting go of my attachment to "the Dreamer" and letting "Black Magic" introduce itself to me on its own terms. In many ways "the Dreamer" is a hard act to follow - it is a nearly flawless debut carefully crafted to be a timeless classic. The challenge with "Black Magic" is that it is concerned with the "now' enlisting cutting edge producers and collaborators like Moodymann, Flying lotus and Benga to give an identity to the project. Such a strategy begs the question of whether or not it will hold up in the coming years or date. IMHO I don't see this happening because underpinning the project is a dedication to high aesthetics - there's quality writing, musicianship and production on offer here. The album still retains the hazy-lazy flow of "the Dreamer" - you can put on "Black Magic" and just go with the flow. Repeated listening reveals the depths embedded in each track, each listen makes clearer the cohesion of the whole project. Highlights abound - Promises in Love, Code, Black Magic, Love Conversation, Save your Love for me, Made for Love, and more. Overall, a smart update of Mr. James' approach and one that I am glad to be around to hear. I hope there's a vinyl edition. Highly recommended.
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Jose James' first album, "The Dreamer", was quite a jazzy affair, being mainly filled with mid-tempo and slower jazz tunes with a piano being his acccompaniment of choice. This release, "Blackmagic", is a much more experimental album, where some of the tracks blend jazz with hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. This brings a continuity to the album, where it does have interesting additional sounds and influences.

"Code", "Lay You Down" and "Made For Love" are examples of this where he lends his seductive baritone voice to funky neo soul tracks, with hip-hop style beats. They are very good, reminding me of work by Amel Larrieux or Jill Scott. "Touch", "Save Your Love For Me" and "The Greater Good" are examples of more straight forward funky jazz tunes and are very soothing to listen to. "Promise" is pretty much an R&B tune which could have been released by Donell Jones or Anthony Hamilton. "Warrior" has a distinctive trip-hop feel and could fit well on a Massive Attack CD - the piano solo fits really well with the cool beats. The duet with Jordana De Lovely, "Love Conversation", and "Beauty" are very mellow slow jams. The final two tracks "No Tellin'" and "This Is The Day" are the only piano led jazz ballads on this release and finish the album off with class.

"Blackmagic" is therefore a pretty solid second effort by Jose James. It does not have any particular highlights, just a good variation of styles and influences. A good album to listen to on a rainy day.
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