J.A.M – Jazzy Joint feat. Jose James
J.A.M is a piano trio consisting of three members of Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, and, as the title suggests, this track features the incredible Jose James. Those familiar with Soil & “Pimp” Sessions will be well aware of their japanese death jazz stylings – infinitely less dramatic than the name suggests, although still pretty wild – but the offshoot, J.A.M trio, attacks from a more contemporary angle. Not at the expense of quality though. Refreshing to hear Jose James doing some rap-rap-rapping too – I knew he had it in him!
Outside of Japan these guys are associated with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, which is where you’ll also find Jose James plying his trade. Thus far J.A.M have released a vinyl EP for Jazzy Joint and now also their debut LP Just A Maestro. Cant find the Jazzy Joint EP bloody anywhere outside of Japan, so give me a shout if you stumble upon it. Just A Maestro, however, is available on CD via import right now and is definitely worth buying! Should hopefully see some UK releases on Brownswood Recordings before long though, specially seeing as they’ve started to play in Europe, including a recent death jazz event at The Roundhouse featuring The Neil Cowley Trio.