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José James on World Cafe | July 22, 2013

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Originally from Minneapolis, José James began chasing his dreams of jazz singing at 17. He found his way to London and New York, and eventually ended up at The New School to study jazz vocals. James was always interested in a musical place where jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more can all come together.

James finds that musical niche on his new album, No Beginning, No End. In this installment of World Cafe, the singer and his band perform songs that seamlessly blend a multitude of funk, hip-hop and jazz sounds. In an interview, James also discusses the greatness of Marvin Gaye arranger Leon Ware, and elaborates on why he chose to make a "quiet" album. (link)

This installment of World Cafe was first published on June 13, 2013.


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Hour 1

Ryan Adams “Cold Roses” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mayer Hawthorne “The Stars Are Ours” Where Does This Door Go 
Steely Dan “Chain Lightning” Katy Lied    
((Jose James "Simply Beautiful" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Jose James “It’s All Over Your Body” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Jose James “Simply Beautiful” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jose James “Trouble” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Jose James "It's All Over Your Body" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Vampire Weekend “Unbeliever” Modern Vampires of the City
Pete Yorn “Last Summer” Back and Fourth
Patty Griffin “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” American Kid
Jason Isbell “Super 8” Southeastern 
((Weather Report "Mysterious Traveler" Mysterious Traveler))

Hour 2

Mount Moriah “Miracle Temple Holiness” Miracle Temple
Aisha Burns “Shelly” Life In The Midwater
Aisha Burns “Destroyer” Life In The Midwater
Josh Ritter “Joy To You Baby” The Beast In It’s Tracks
Folk Implosion “Natural One” Kids Soundtrack
((Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey" Licensed to Ill))
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “The Impression That I Get” Let’s Face It
Bombino “Amidinine” Nomad
Aimee Mann “That’s Just What You Are” I’m With Stupid
Elastic Bond “Find A Way” Real
((Elvis Costello "Whats So Funny About" Armed Forces))
Manfred Mann “Pretty Flamingo” The Best Of Manfred Mann
Jim James “A New Life” Regions of Light and Sound Of God
Smith Westerns “Varsity” Soft Will 
MGMT “Electric Feel” Ocular Spectacular
Divine Fits “Ain’t That The Way” Ain't That the Way/Chained to Love
((Real Estate "Suburban Beverage" Real Estate))