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Format: CD
Sku: 215179955
UPC: 602527321493
UPC 14: 00602527321493
Release Date: 5/11/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Autumn In New York ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
2. Embraceable You ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
3. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
4. Body and Soul ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
5. When I Fall In Love ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
6. Tenderly ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
7. Just Squeeze Me ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
8. Lush Life ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve
9. For All We Know ~ Jos? James/Jef Neve

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jos? James (vocals); Jef Neve (piano).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Scott Jacoby.
Muze PNote Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Brussels (06/11/2009); Galaxy Studios, Brussels (11/18/2008).
Muze PNote Photographer: Nathan Gallagher.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Jose James; Jef Neve

Engineer: Filip Heurckmans

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Heroes And Misfits

Associated Artists and Works

For All We Know ~ Jef Neve Trio

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/11/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2732149
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527321493

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)
- 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)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[James] sings -- or whispers -- nine standards. It's beautifully done..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   James,Jose
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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