Blue Note Records announced today that on June 10th they will be releasing Jose James While You Were Sleeping the follow up to his label debut No Beginning No End. NBNE was one of the star releases in 2013 and While You Were Sleeping certainly has a lot to live up to. Jose is no rookie though, before signing on with Blue Note he was releasing music on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. He released two abum there The Dreamer in 2008 and Blackmagic in 2010. Both of them are good records in their own right, what they offer more than anything is the opportunity to witness the growth of an incredibly talented artist. He has also worked with Chico Hamilton, Junior Mance, and produced the recently released Rising Son from Blue Note mate, Takuya Kuroda. One of the stand out tracks from BlackMagic was the last track on the album “The Light”. It’s beautifully composed and the melody is beautiful. I urge you to check out his projects, and in June when his new album drops you can join with me in celebration of a slightly delayed birthday gift.