José James, Vocalist + Lyricist + Songwriter :: Axis


Critically acclaimed and world renown artist, Jose James invites us to witness the Black Magic of his new record with an intimate studio session that reveals the many facets of his creative process.

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About Jose:

Since his arrival on the international scene in 2008 vocalist José James has consistently dazzled critics and audiences alike with his deft combination of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Using his musical mentors John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday as compasses, he continues to successfully blur the lines between musical genres through his love of connecting to audiences worldwide and in the sheer joy of creation.

Blessed with a warm rich baritone reminiscent of artists of the caliber of Terry Callier, Jon Lucien and Gil-Scott Heron, José has toured internationally at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Vitoria Jazz Festival, Billboard Live Tokyo, Centro Cultural Sao Paolo, the Hermitage St. Petersburg, Central Park Summerstage New York and London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, his debut album “The Dreamer” was released in 2008 to worldwide acclaim, including 21 of JazzTimes Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2008. As a recording artist and guest vocalist José has worked with Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Gilles Peterson, Bassment Jaxx, Nicola Conte, Toshio Matsuura, Elan Mehler, The Heritage Orchestra, SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, Jazzanova, Flying Lotus, Christian McBride, J.A.M., Robert Mitchell, Jazzy Sport and Simbad.

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27 Responses to “José James, Vocalist + Lyricist + Songwriter :: Axis”

  1. [...] At Friends we Love they love Jose James‘ music and therefore they decided to do a little something on the man. [...]

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  3. nujazzspirit says:

    Wow! the editing is crazy!
    this is very beautiful as far as it is concerned visually. And the artist, Yeah A genius!!

  4. Joseph Gaston says:

    Coño▬the truth is: this “joint” is a
    pure, smokey-urban-underground atmosphere,
    with a seasoning of deep jazz! Superb! ▬ Gaston.

  5. Brilliant work. Thats my main man right there. Can the dude be any more contagious… jeez! Way to bring the fire! Can’t wait for the album to drop! Light it up.

  6. Anonymous says:

    very nice! ;)

  7. What a lovely profile! Jose James is one of my fav artists and his method, feelings, and love was captured so beautifully in this video. Thank you for spreading the love!


    • Jacqueline-
      So nice to hearing from you. We hope all is well on you side : )
      Thanks for checking out José’s profile.
      It’s nice to see it being sooooooo well received.
      Pass a BIG hello to the Mint Collective crew from us.

      Spread Love-
      Mike + Moni

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  9. lensco says:

    Really nice video you got there! Quite a lot of work went into that, I presume. Keep it up!

    • Lensco-
      Thanks for stopping in and spreading the LOVE. “A lot of work” is an understatement- ha! I believe in the end all the work that goes in just makes the final product that much stronger. By far, this profile has set a new bar for us. José is an amazing artist, and we we’re ecstatic at the opportunity to finally collaborate on something where both sides were contributing at the highest level.

  10. great stuff!

    our little piece on the new album, José James – Black Magic

  11. Amy Nabong says:

    BOOM…you guys are doing it well. Jose is the bomb.

    xoxoxoxo amy

  12. [...] July 30, 2009 · Leave a Comment At Friends we Love they love Jose James‘ music and therefore they decided to do a little something on the man. [...]

  13. Once again yall strike big with this.
    Much respect from Los Angeles!

    • Anthony-
      As always thanks for the kind words. We put a whole lot a love into this profile on José. He’s not only one of our favorites, but he’s also a real friend we LOVE. Please share this with as many people as your share/send buttons permit- Ha! Thanks again : )

      Spread Love-
      Mike + Moni

  14. Loganeski says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

    Friends We Love once again has created a masterpiece of visual film art, music and diverse talents to capture a shooting star on his way to fame, Jose james.

    • friendswelove says:

      Thanks so much for your support Loganeski! It’s a wonderful testament to the great style & technique of my partner, Mike Vargas. Our desire is to produce compelling content that WE would like to see. Content that inspires us and sheds light on the talented Friends We Love!
      Sincere gratitude,

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