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“No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now,” says José James of his Blue Note Records debut. “I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.” No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James’ transcendent voice


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Jose James Makes Music For 'Party And Politics'

Read "Jose James Makes Music For 'Party And Politics'" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Singer Jose James has been a consistent and insistent musical presence ever since he released his first album, The Dreamer in 2008 on British dj Gilles Peterson's newly formed Brownswood Recordings label. Since then he's made a dozen albums, recorded for iconic record labels like Impulse! and Blue Note, and eventually formed his own label Rainbow ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Year, New Releases, Part 2 -- Review of 2023 Recordings & More

Read "New Year, New Releases, Part 2 -- Review of 2023 Recordings & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of 2024 includes new releases from Mark Winkler plus a single from Rachel Z, Part 2 of my favorite recordings of 2023 with birthday shoutouts to Naama Gheber, Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, Georgia Mancio, Christine Tobin, Susannah McCorkle and Rachel Z, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...


All One

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: I Loves You Porgy; Wanderers; Throughout; Speak Joy; Tenderly; In Anima.


Article: Jazz in Long Form

Jazz Beyond Borders: Embracing Online Performances

Read "Jazz Beyond Borders: Embracing Online Performances" reviewed by Ellen Johnson

The COVID-19 pandemic forced musicians and venues to adapt, giving rise to innovative alternatives for their survival. One of the most transformative solutions was the advent of live streaming concerts and club dates, allowing people to enjoy jazz performances from the comfort of their homes. As the pandemic's limitations persisted, this concept gained traction, offering audiences ...


Article: Album Review

Ben Wendel: All One

Read "All One" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Ben Wendel came up with a unique approach for this album of duets. He plays with a different musician on each of these six tracks, but while his guests stick to their primary instruments, Wendel fills in the space around them with multiple saxophone and bassoon parts, electronic effects, and percussion. The most ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Wendel On 'The Unspeakable Truths' That Are Passed Between Musicians

Read "Ben Wendel On 'The Unspeakable Truths' That Are Passed Between Musicians" reviewed by Leo Sidran

For saxophonist Ben Wendel, the pandemic provided the space for him to develop his latest solo record, All One (Edition Records), a project that is both very solitary and very collaborative. It features a woodwind choir of saxophones and bassoons performed entirely by Ben, and then joined by special guests like singers Cecile McLorin Salvant and ...


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Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More

Read "Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Los Angeles and New York are the two poles of this playlist documenting the vibrancy of these two scenes, and their cross-pollination, including through a sample from the iconic Wattstax Benefit Concert, a dive into new releases by Colorfield Records, a jazz look at the Erykah Badu's and Kendrick Lamar's songbook, and the reimagining of Pharoah ...


Article: Catching Up With

José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male

Read "José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male" reviewed by Peter Jones

Jazz singer José James considers Erykah Badu to be the Joni Mitchell of his generation, a woman who has constructed a world of her own in order to tell her own alternative story. To prove the point, earlier this year he released On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a whole album of Badu songs, which he has ...


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