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Jose James & Jef Neve - For All We Know

TRACKS
1 Autumn In New York
2 Embraceable You
3 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
4 Body and Soul
5 When I Fall In Love
6 Tenderly
7 Just Squeeze Me
8 Lush Life
9

For All We Know

 

from the Impulse site.

 

"This record is all about capturing the moment," Jose James says of For All We Know, his upcoming Impulse! release. The album, a collaboration between James and noted Belgian pianist Jef Neve, finds the charismatic young vocalist applying his warm, rich baritone to a sterling assortment of timeless jazz and pop standards. The result is an eloquently spare, effortlessly expressive set, with James' vivid performances and the intimate duo format lending new emotional depth to such beloved classics as “Tenderly," “Body and Soul," Billy Strayhorn's “Lush Life" and George and Ira Gershwin's “Embraceable You."

For All We Know is Jose James' first album for Impulse! Records, as well as his first US release. But the Minneapolis-born, London-based singer is already a sensation in Britain, Europe and Japan. Since his arrival on the international scene in 2008, audiences and critics alike have embraced the artist's talent and versatility, with his first two albums (released on influential DJ/producer Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label) winning James a reputation as both a rising star and a vital new creative force.

All but one of For All We Know's ten songs were recorded in a single informal six-hour session at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. The project came together spontaneously, after James and Neve performed together on a Belgian television show and Neve filled in for James' regular pianist at a concert in Brussels.

“It felt like we'd been playing together forever," Jose recalls. “I had the next day off, so I said 'Let's go in the studio and try to capture some of this vibe.' Jef booked this really nice studio, we let the tape roll, and that's the album. There was no producer, no overdubs, and most of the songs were first takes.

“It wasn't anything that we thought was gonna turn into a big release," he continues. “It was just something that we thought was really cool. We just played the songs we love the way we felt them, with no constraints. Playing as a duo is very pure and honest; it's just you, the piano and silence."

 

Jose James & Jef Neve - For All We Know 


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