José James – Black Magic

Thu 16 Jul 09 - by creaminal - 17 Comments

After his great debut album, The Dreamer and various works with Jazzanova, Nicola Conte or Dj Mitsu, New York based vocalist José James has finished his second solo material which will be coming out on Brownswood Recordings in early 2010. The title track Black Magic is produced by the mighty Flying Lotus and other collabs on the new offering are by BiLo, Moodyman, DJ Mitsu the Beats or Taylor McFerrin.

You can already listen to some of the new songs BlackMagic, Lay it Down, Beauty or Save Your Love for Me (a cover of Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly version) on his myspace page or alternatively on Beyondjazz radioshow here. The Black Magic got the remix treatments from Simbad and an up & coming UK talent Joy Orbinson. The latter is heavily played by mr Gilles Peterson.

Saxophonist Timo Lassy out of Finland has also teamed up with Jose for his forthcoming single The More I Look At You, check the lovely preview at His seven-inch will be out in July.

The Friends We Love project shares a special live video here with JJ showcasing his previous and forthcoming stuff:

José James is currently on tour and will be performing live at Gent Jazz Festival tomorrow.

17 comments so far

  1. oemebamo wrote July 16 2009 at 11:54 am

    Do we have more info on the project with Flying Lotus? Is that an album? Is that on Brownswood Recordings? Is it in the vain of the “Visions Of Violet” project?

  2. Huw Ellis wrote July 18 2009 at 5:53 am

    heavily anticipated!

  3. crl wrote July 20 2009 at 9:41 am

    Lefto’s impressions and video of José and Jef Neve from Gent Jazz

  4. Jurriaan Persyn wrote July 20 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “Performance was good”? Haha. It was out-stan-ding!

  5. crl wrote July 21 2009 at 9:59 am
  6. lefto wrote July 22 2009 at 1:11 am

    album will be different; totally… 🙂


  7. lefto wrote July 22 2009 at 1:12 am

    and the show was good but not like the AB show, definitely not like the AB show, far from that level 😉


  8. oemebamo wrote July 22 2009 at 11:43 am

    Missed that previous AB show. I’m comparing with the concert at Jazz Middelheim last year. And thought it was definitely a step up from that. Deeper.

    Looking forward to the upcoming Coltrane tribute night:

  9. creaminal wrote July 23 2009 at 11:45 am

    via José James’ facebook:

    New album BLACKMAGIC drops this fall on Brownswood – new tracks by Flying Lotus, BiLo, Moodyman, DJ Mitsu the Beats + Taylor McFerrin feat. Jordana DeLovely! (added the names to the post)

    and via his myspace

    Flying Lotus + I started it off last year in April – in a phone call he changed the entire scope of my musical direction + focus –

    since then I’ve been blessed to work + record with Gideon van Gelder on piano, Alexi David + Chris Smith on bass, Richard Spaven + Adam Jackson on drums, Jordana de Lovely, Ryan Anselmi on tenor and horn arrangements, Takuya Kuroda on trumpet (!), Saunders Sermons on trombone + style + vibe control, Pablo Castanho on alto sax – cmon this shit is intentional/international!! Moodyman, DJ Mitsu the Beats, Taylor McFerrin big up, BiLo, Scott Jacoby, my man Alex Nizich, Nate Gowtham.. my good friend Ryan Blum-Kryzstal in Brookyln

  10. sala wrote July 27 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Saw Jose with Flying Lotus last year, unsuprisingly a completely different vibe to this one, both pretty immense to be honest

    Bring on the new direction though, Moodyman and Jose? Yes! More of that Desire beautyness coming through hopefully

  11. crl wrote July 30 2009 at 6:45 pm
  12. moni wrote August 5 2009 at 6:25 pm
  13. moni wrote August 5 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for live link & posting our En Vivo Jose video. We have a new profile on him that I just posted above. Hope you enjoy it!
    Spread love,

  14. creaminal wrote August 5 2009 at 6:33 pm

    hi moni, our pleasure! thanks for the new links, your project is absolutely great.

    keep up your lovely work!


  15. blair wrote November 10 2009 at 1:56 pm

    still waiting with baited breathe…

  16. creaminal wrote November 12 2009 at 3:52 pm

    hey blair,

    same here. Blackmagic will be out next February. will update the whole post soon, till then here’s a fresh podcast by Gilles Peterson showcasing some cuts from the album

  17. Waltdiggs wrote January 30 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Awesome how FlyLo flipped the Dennis Brown cover of “Black Magic Woman” for the title track. Very appropriate indeed. Loving the album.