José James - Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday

A Tribute to the Legendary Billie Holiday on CD

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Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Songs Of Billie Holiday is the sixth studio album by American vocalist José James, released in May 2015 via Blue Note Records.

About the Artist:

José James is an American vocalist best known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop.

James performs all over the world both as a bandleader and with other groups.

Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, New York City-based vocalist José James combines jazz, soul, drum'n'bass, and spoken word into his own unique brand of vocal jazz.

While he states his main influences as John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday, his sound on early 12" singles and in live performances brought to mind such icons of '70s jazz-soul as Terry Callier, and his music felt more like an update of the fluid crossover approach of Gil Scott-Heron, while also being distinctly his own.

José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

In 2008, he debuted with his first album, The Dreamer, on the Brownswood label.  Blackmagic followed in 2010.  2010's For All We Know came out on the Impulse! label.  For All We Know became the winner of both the Edison Award and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010.

James signed to Blue Note Records in 2012 and issued "Trouble," his first single for the label, in September of that year.  His fourth album, No Beginning, No End, was released in January 2013.  


About the Album:

Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday is a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of Holiday’s 100th birthday.  James celebrates the woman he refers to as his “musical mother” with this stunning set of 9 songs written or popularized by Holiday.

The album, which was produced by Blue Note president Don Was, features a stellar band including pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Eric Harland.

“My first clear musical memory is of Billie Holiday,” writes James in the album’s liner notes. “Billie's voice floated through our house - grand, warm, intimate, and wholly unique.” Those same words could certainly be applied to James’ own voice, a versatile baritone that is distinct in its richness and expressiveness, as can be heard on his two previous Blue Note releases – 2013’s R&B steeped No Beginning No End and 2014’s experimental rock-edged While You Were Sleeping.

“I rediscovered Billie during a difficult period of my teenage years,” continues James. “As much as I loved Nirvana, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest, her music spoke to me on a much deeper level. Her work was mastery - of pain, of trauma, of faith in music and the power of transformation. I had found my teacher. Billie Holiday made me want to be a jazz singer and set me on the path that I'm walking today. “

Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 and is widely considered to be among the most influential jazz singers of all time. 

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Good Morning Heartache and What A Little Moonlight Can Do.

This album is a CD housed in a Jewel Case, pressed in Europe.





Good Morning Heartache



Body And Soul



Fine And Mellow



I Thought About You



What A Little Moonlight Can Do               






Lover Man



God Bless The Child



Strange Fruit


SKU 600406536204
Record Label Blue Note Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 00600406536204
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 26 March 2015
Barcode # 600406536204
Shipping Weight 0.0950kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178m3
Type New
Format A Tribute to the Legendary Singer Billie Holiday on CD, Jewel Case
Format CD
Genre Jazz
Genre Blues

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