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Everybody is talking about newcomer Gregory Porter's incredible vocal mastery - from jazz luminary Wynton Marsalis who has called him "a fantastic young singer" to Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum. Porter's acclaimed debut recording for Motema is imbued with measured, graceful lyricism and whilst reflecting influences as different as Nat "King" Cole and Donny Hathaway it has an emotional intensity that is very much his own.
Included on the CD are striking interpretations of the classic songs "But Beautiful" and "Skylark" together with seven original compositions, all of which personify Porter's world view. Produced by saxophonist, pianist and composer Kamau Kenyatta, 'Water' also features legendary alto saxophonist James Spaulding best known for his appearances on iconic Blue Note albums of the 1960's by Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver and others.
"It is the quite startling voice and well marshalled charisma of Gregory Porter that mark him out as a substantial addition to the canon of jazz singing." - Jazzwise
(4 stars) Intelligent lyrics...startling voice and well marshalled charisma...mark him out as a substantial addition to the canon of jazz singing. -- Jazzwise, (Kevin Le Gendre), March 2011
His voice is a commanding instrument that lends itself beautifully to the varied tempos and mixed material represented on this album. -- Jazz Journal, (Peter Gamble), September 2011
The cover of Skylark is well-nigh perfect. Porter, an admirer of Nat King Cole, has left an impressive calling card. --The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), June 12, 2011
A breath of fresh air in the modern music scene where awful manufactured boy bands and girl bands dominate, or boring hip-hop and RnB is force-fed as the "alternative"... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mr. David Sainty
I HAD HEARD A FEW OF THIS ARTISTS TRACKS AND THEY WERE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME TO BUY THIS C.D
HOWEVER OVERALL NOT REALLY TO MY TASTE. Read more
I love Gregory Porters voice.Listening to jazz can take a while to get used to,but I am loving listening to this man.Published 2 months ago by Joanna Conway de Waterford
excellent cd , arrived very quickly, well packaged , item as described thanksPublished 2 months ago by bob
Smooth jazz voice of Gregory Porter shines through on all the tracks of this album. An earlier work but you can see the potential which were acheived with the later albums. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob R