It’s post-Bitches Brew jazz without a doubt (and that’s almost always a bad thing, in my view). But this quintet wanders back close enough to melody and coherence for me to be able to appreciate the noodling that they do. You can listen to it and appreciate all the improvisation. Or you can just put it in the background as sonic wallpaper to write to. It really does work both ways.
There are three or four live albums by The James Quintet also on Jamendo, and all are worth having, but the live albums have talking on them, which may or may not be distracting. And every single one includes the Quintet’s signature piece, the brilliantly-titled “If The Blues Were Some Other Color”. 🙂
“The Studio Sessions Volume 1” (there is no volume 2, as far as I know) is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-SA) license, so the download is free and legal, and you can mess around with it or use it in your video or film projects so long as you abide by the terms of the license.