For All We Know CD (2010)

Artist: Jose James

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 215179955
UPC 602527321493
UPC 14 00602527321493
Format CD
Release Date 5/11/2010
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Author Jose James
Compilation Appearance Heroes And Misfits
Technical Info
Engineer Filip Heurckmans
Producer Jose James; Jef Neve
CatalogID 2732149
Lable Name Verve
Released 05/11/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527321493
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jos? James (vocals); Jef Neve (piano).
Audio Mixer: Scott Jacoby.
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Brussels (06/11/2009); Galaxy Studios, Brussels (11/18/2008).
Photographer: Nathan Gallagher.
Fans of vocalist Jose James have hardly had time to catch their breath in 2010. His new-school R&B album Blackmagic (a sophomore effort released in March 2010 on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint) was still being fired by DJs in clubs and on European and Japanese radio, while garnering acclaim globally. Barely two months later, James popped this set out in May. For All We Know is a duet recording with Belgian jazz pianist Jef Neve. It's James' first album to be released in the United States -- his home country -- and the first of newly recorded material on Impulse! Records in six years. Musically, this set couldn't be more different from his two preceding offerings. There are no star productions by Flying Lotus, Nicola Conte, Moodymann, or Jazzanova this time out. This intimate nine-track collection of standards from the Great American Songbook was produced by the duo who made it. All but one cut was recorded in a single six-hour session, and the majority of these performances are first takes. This is a "pure" jazz recording. James and Neve pull out heavy hitters from the repertoire, "Autumn in New York," the Gershwins' "Embraceable You," "Body and Soul," and Duke Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me" among them. James -- who studied and played with jazz greats Chico Hamilton and Junior Mance -- is not overly reverent, but he is disciplined as well as innovative. Neve's pianism pushes that envelope a little further still. His light touch, elegant harmonics, and subtly innovative fills and solos give James all the support and room he needs. Listen to this version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." At over seven minutes, its graceful melody is taken deeply inside his rich, warm, sometimes arid baritone (the same way John Coltrane took it inside his horn -- this tune is a tribute to him) and brought out again as a compact universe of mystery, imagination, and marvelously diverse ethereal textures with Neve creating enough intuitive space around it to make it possible. The duo's reading of "When I Fall in Love" is downright moving. It holds no trace of the nostalgia usually associated with its many interpretations. James is able to express the deep yearning in the lyric and melody without over-emoting. For jazz fans who've not heard him, this album is a very new turn on some well-worn music by a major talent. For James fans -- who all knew he could sing like this -- For All We Know adds a different kind of depth and dimension to his established recorded oeuvre thus far. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.71) - "[A]s hushed, twilight-hued treatments of 'Embraceable You,' 'When I Fall in Love' and 'Body and Soul' go, the discreet beauty of James' readings is impeccable."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he beauty of this CD is its unadorned simplicity. There's no studio artifice whatsoever: just two musicians baring their natural, God-given, talents in real time..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[James] sings -- or whispers -- nine standards. It's beautifully done..."
Disc 1
1 Autumn In New York
2 Embraceable You
3 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
4 Body and Soul
5 When I Fall In Love
6 Tenderly
7 Just Squeeze Me
8 Lush Life
9 For All We Know
Product Attributes
Artist James,Jose
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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