The Miraculous Sound and Story of James Day

August 12, 2014 7:16 PM

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The Miraculous Sound and Story of James Day

James Day makes the kind of sinewy, ultra-seductive music that you can enjoy with a lover, jam to at an all-ages family barbeque or groove to in the company of close friends. His is an elegant sound steeped in soulfulness and marinated with good-spirited energy. Very few artists make this kind of elastic, sophisticated music anymore (one can hear in his work elements of the feel-good factor that elevated Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, Sade, Incognito and Frankie Beverley's funkiness to new heights).

Day is a songwriter and producer in the vein of Quincy Jones circa his Q's Jook Joint era, collaborating with a wide variety of stunning vocalists to create a sound that feels distinctly his own. His latest album, Seasons and Reasons, is a joy-inducing affair, and one gets the impression of an artis...

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