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José James – 1978 1xLP

José James – 1978 1xLP

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A1. Let's Get It

A2. Isis & Osiris

B1. Planet Nine

B2. Saturday Night (Need You Now)

B3. Black Orpheus (Don't Look Back)

C1. Dark Side Of The Sun (Feat. Baloji)

C2. Place Of Worship (Feat. Xenia França)

D1. For Trayvon

D2. 38th & Chicago

Limited Edition, Numbered, StereoPurple, 180 gram

Birth Year and Artistic Renaissance

The historically and musically significant year of 1978 is also the year singer/songwriter/producer José James was born in Minneapolis, and now, is the title of his twelfth album.

Album Release and Musical Scope

Released on April 5th, 2024, 1978 is a double-disc LP featuring 9 transcendent tracks that capture José James at a mid-career apex, craftily overlapping Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and other Jazz-adjacent styles into a fully realized album of remarkable focus.

Diverse Range of Themes and Grooves

The songs range from deeply personal intimacy to politically minded and message-driven. The grooves stretch from edgy and resolute to relaxed and seductive.

Talented Collaborators

The performances are supported by a lean-and-lithe lineup of young talent and unexpected collaborators: guitarist Marcus Machado, keyboardist Chad Selph, bassist David Ginyard, drummer Jharis Yokley, and featured guest Latin conguero Pedrito Martinez.

Live Studio Atmosphere

“This kind of band, small and tight, is how I stay connected to my jazz essence,” states James. “They can play anything. Everything we tracked, we did with everyone looking at each other in the studio. “I wanted that live feeling, like we’re discovering it for the first time.”

Evolution of Ideas and Inspirations

Material-wise, James had been ready for a while. He had worked on new songs even while touring behind his albums No Beginning No End 2 and On & On. “Many of the songs on 1978 began to come together about five years ago. Those ideas evolved, and once we had the group together it all really came together fast.”

Influence of Jazz Icons

It was during this period he was introduced to Leon Ware, the Motown songwriter who famously worked with Marvin Gaye in the 1970s. A friendship soon grew into a working relationship.

Musical Vision and Fusion

“I had a writing session with Leon back in 2009 in L.A. at his house in Marina Del Rey. He rolled one and we talked for hours about jazz, Motown and Marvin. I Want You is my all-time favorite album—relaxed grooves and jazz flavors. I wanted 1978 to feel like Leon and J Dilla had come together and made an album for me.”

Timeless Relevancy and Personal Connection

José James’s 1978 draws its power from both timeless relevancy and a deep sense of the personal. It is a richly layered musical statement connecting both to the present day and to past sounds and styles—a sincere and seductive valentine to his love of jazz, soul, and hip-hop.

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