Jose James and Kris Bowers

Price: $20 - $25

When: Ended 04/21/14

Where: Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis-reared, Brooklyn-based Jose James delivered my favorite album of 2013, “No Beginning No End.” He’ll bounce back with his fifth album, “ While You Were Sleeping,” on June 10. Once again, the genre-blender takes a turn, amping up the energy and guitar aggressiveness, notably on “Anywhere U Go,” “Without U” and the nervy, new-wavey “Every Little Thing.” But he’s also in a soulful jazzy moody on the sexy Al Green ballad “Simply Beautiful” and “4 Noble Truths,” which suggests Jimi Hendrix as a jazz artist. James is doing a month-long tour to preview the album. His band will include new guitarist Brad Allen Williams and keyboardist Kris Bowers, who will also do an opening set featuring material from his ambitious, genre-mixing album “Heroes + Misfits” on the Concord Jazz label. Jon Bream


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

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