James & Black / Press

“Così, tra Bologna e Genova, da Perugia a Bruxelles e Berlino, Bruce&Bella non sono passati inosservati, e riescono ad accompagnare le serate estive nelle vie di Bologna, rinfrescando la città con tonalità nuove e sorprendenti. Per chi non avesse mai visto esibirsi Otis Reading o Aretha Franklin, recarsi ad un concerto di Bruce James e Bella Black è l’opzione migliore per chiudere gli occhi e tornare a quell’America di sound puro le cui canzoni riecheggiano fino ai giorni nostri, per gli intenditori e non. Bruce con la sua street poetry - «past tense is no more than last night’s wine» -, Bella con la sua acustica che straccia i pensieri e libera la mente di chi la ascolta, per occuparla con la sua voce calda e dirompente. Se, tra i tanti festival di musical europei, doveste trovarvi per caso di fronte ad un palco che ospita un pianista con basco e maglietta nera e una splendida donna che fa muovere chiunque col suo ritmo, quelli sono Bruce James e Bella Black. Buon divertime”

“Guerrilla Soul nennt sich das Rezept, dass Bruce James und Bella Black in ihrer texanischen Soundküche zusammengemischt haben: Ein scharf angebratenes, innen noch rosiges Filetstück New Orleans Soul à la Dr. John, gezogen in einer raffinierten Marinade, in der sich clubbiger RnB an orgellastigen ZZ Top-Coverversionen reibt; dazu eine Messerspitze HipHop und das Ganze serviert auf funky Beats von DJ Phil Ross. Unter dem Kürzel James & Black haben die drei im Mai 2015 ihr Debütalbum How Long Is Now herausgebracht, anschließend die Koffer gepackt und sich auf den Weg gemacht, um die frohe Botschaft zu verbreiten. Tatsächlich ist James musikalisch schon ein ganzes Weilchen auf dem Weg, hat sich die Bühne schon mit Dr. John, Jimmy Smith und Leon Russell geteilt und bereits drei Soloalben veröffentlicht. An der Elbe gehören James & Black noch nicht zum Allgemeinwissen, aber wer sie an Bord von Frau Hedi erlebt, wird hinterher wissen: Von denen werden wir noch hören!”

"For here are two musicians at the beginning of their breakthrough. One that we give them wholeheartedly."


"With voices reinforced by concrete saws, earning the duo much respect and reminding us of the origins of soul music the church! Bruce James is perhaps one of the most colorful artists from Austin. Behind his music, brewed from an original mix of Soul, New Orleans R & B and blues lies a musical career that spans over twenty years. Consistency is his penchant for the musical roots of American music. As a pianist/ singer of the legendary band Tunji he shared the stage with Bernie Worrell, Jurassic5 and other giants of the music world. Bella Black is a woman with a story and has a voice among the most poignant in contemporary southern soul belongs and who actually says it all."


““a piano man that can swing and croon like Dr. John, or growl and stomp like Tom Waits.””

The Austin Chronicle

“BY THOMAS FAWCETT Bruce James Soultet Yours, Mine, and the Truth Massaging the 88 and growling Tom Waits gravel, local piano man Bruce James leads his fivepiece Soultet on a smoky sojourn of classic soul that gives three sides of the story: Yours, Mine, and the Truth. Recorded live in an eight-hour session, the originals nod to Donny Hathaway and Dr. John, while Les McCann gets the cover treatment on a jazzy marathon of "Compared to What." ***”

Thomas Fawwcett - Austin Chronicle

“Bruce James "has one foot deeply rooted in southern gospel and soul music and the other planted solidly in Tom Waits and the Flaming Lips. His music actually says something."”

Austin Daze

““There’s something magical about a piano played with feeling. Bruce James provides that emotion on the keys and pairs it with an almost spiritual voice on Yours, Mine and the Truth. Recorded live in eight hours, the album brims with rock, gospel, R’B and soul tracks all featuring that captivating piano. Whether your into the gospel and blues, opener “This Time, “ or of the Tom Waits – like “Crazy to Think,” this is an album not to be missed.” -Ward Lowe 3 1/2 stars -Austin Monthly ”

Austin Monthly

"Bruce James, A perfect stranger, at least here (in Italy)... we have no idea who he is. We know that he popped out like a fireball shot out by that eternal music carnival that is Austin, Texas and that this is probably his 3rd work. It's not a big deal, except the fact that if even his other works are at this level, then we might have missed out on something." "More Traffic than Sly, in the foaming impetuosity of the funk-jazz tunes like the jammed Compared to What, and more Joe Cocker than Otis in the nervous Virgin Threads, where James is Cocker and Leon Russell at the same time" -- JAM Magazine - Italy -- Mauro Eufrosini

JAM Magazine - Italy

"Bruce James has a deeply soulful set of lungs; at times [he] echoes Springsteen, Joe Cocker and Van Morrison while remaining true to himself.”