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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. When José James hits his stride, the songwriter’s omnivorous taste for R&B, hip-hop, soul, and performance poetry makes an inspiring fusion—evoking the revolution-shaded ’70s soul of Gil Scott-Heron and Bill Withers and clever contemporary stylists like Erykah Badu and J. Dilla. This Editors’ Choice finds a balance between wrenching downtempo ballads that invite you to dim the lights (“Bird of Space,” “Do You Feel”) and lithe, funky grooves (“Trouble,” “It’s All Over Your Body”). Classifying James as just a jazz vocalist is too constraining; similar to broadly imaginative, populist experiments from Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding, No Beginning No End is an example of jazz with no limits.

Customer Reviews

Definitely Underratted!

I agree with Gorillamilk! It's so hard to find real music these days. You'll never hear it on mainstream so you have to hunt for it and i'm glad I found out about Jose James. Dope!


This album didn't get the attention it deserves. I have told everybody I know about this album. It's excellent.


The maturity in his voice coupled with his new school flavor is a very unique blend creating a special style unmatched by any other artist today. Enjoy.

Btw... his previous project is tight as well.


Born: January 20, 1978 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, New York City-based vocalist José James combines jazz, soul, drum'n'bass, and spoken word into his own unique brand of vocal jazz. While he states his main influences as John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday, his sound on early 12" singles and in live performances brought to mind such icons of '70s jazz-soul as Terry Callier,...
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No Beginning No End, José James
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Vocal Jazz
  • Released: Jan 18, 2013

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