José James

Price: $20

When: Ended 01/29/13

Where: Cedar Cultural Center

The subject of an extensive profile in last Sunday’s New York Times, Minneapolis-bred, New York-based singer-songwriter Jose James has just released his fourth and best album, “No Beginning No End.” Sounding like a mashup of D’Angelo, Gil Scott-Heron and Stevie Wonder, the album is stylistically uncategorizable but worthy of being called one of the best the year. It’s vibey and deep, with assists from jazz pianist Robert Glasper and rock/soul bassist Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, the Who). Even though “No Beginning” was released this week on the long-lived jazz label Blue Note, James, 34, who was raised on hip-hop and indie-rock, is avoiding jazz venues to promote his exciting new project. Jon Bream


Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN

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