Singer and songwriter Jose James and his his impressive backing band brought smooth, jazzy and eclectic sounds to Non-COMM last weekend. James released his album No Beginning, No End on Blue Note Records in January and worked through an assortment of songs from it during his set, as well as a winning cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” (the second cover of it we heard during the Non-COMM weekend).
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Just recently, XPN listeners had the opportunity to confront the smooth soulful and urban beats of vocalist José James. Having his album No Beginning No End (Capitol Records) featured as an Exclusive First Listen, James has mastered the craft of blending beautifully captivating hybrid soul music with the intense and upbeat rhythms of hip hop. His music, whether recorded or live, is characterized as an emotionally moving experience. Photo by Janette Beckman