It has been a few years since the changing of the global album release day changing from Tuesday to Friday but I think this probably the most excited I have been for Friday releases. Two Jazz heavyweights, Jose James and Cecile Mclorin Salvant, are dropping their albums today. Jose James’ new album is a tribute to the late great Bill Withers and man it is a heater!! Jose puts his own style on all Bill’s hit songs, my favorite is the duet with Lalah Hathaway on Lovely Day. Go check it out!
Madame Salvant’s fifth studio album The Window is also full of tributes to some RnB greats such as Stevie Wonder and the late Aretha Franklin. The cover of One Step Ahead is amazing, it is really different from the original but still so smooth. Cecile’s voice is still on point!
Don’t hesitate and take a listen!
Jose James has been a staple in the jazz and rnb game since his debut album The Dreamer in 2008. He continually pushes the boundaries by incorporating different styles in his music while still staying true to his jazz roots. The next progression for Jose James will happen on June 10, 2014 when he releases his next full length album While You Were Sleeping. The new album will be entirely produced by Jose James and Brian Bender. This new creative direction will allow Jose James to be more in control of his sound and I think will allow him to push the boundaries even further. Check out his cover of Al Green’s Simply Beautiful, it will appear on the new album.
Coming off the critical acclaim from his album Be Good, jazz virtuoso Gregory Porter released the titled single to his new album Liquid Spirit. This album will be his first on the legendary record label Blue Note. Mr. Porter has a powerful and mesmerizing voice and with the production being handled Brian Bacchus, this album is sure to be a classic. Check it out!