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Liquid Spirit marks Gregory Porter’s Blue Note Records debut, which arrives on the heels of two critically acclaimed indie label albums that quickly propelled Porter to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers and earned him two GRAMMY nominations. Don Was, President of Blue Note, encouraged Porter to stay true to his artistic vision. “I firmly consider myself a jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Gregory Porter Store

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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Motema
  • ASIN: B003XIO3YU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Pretty 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Magic Cap 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Skylark 8:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Black Nile 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Wisdom 9:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. 1960 What?12:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. But Beautiful 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Lonely One 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Water 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Feeling Good 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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

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(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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amillionmiles on 2 Dec. 2012
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Gregory Porter is a very interesting new artist with some very beautiful vocals. On his debut album "Water", his voice drifts along suave Jazz compositions telling the songs stories with skill and ease. Not only are the vocals interesting, the melodies of the songs are very well constructed and the arrangements are of a very high standard, making his debut an instant classic.

"Illusion" is a melancholic piano led Jazz ballad with heartfelt vocals and sweet melody. "Pretty" is much more uptempo and packed with rhythm and saxophone led improvisations showcasing a different side to Gregory's vocal abilities. "Magic Cup" has very distinctive vocal phrasing and a complex melody where Gregory sounds just like a male version of Diana Krall. "Skylark" is interpreted with Soul and sounds romantic and soothing. "Black Nile" injects rhythm once again into this release and is very smooth and likeable whilst "Wisdom" is very sentimental and emotional with improvised sections and varied instrumentation. "1960 What", with its Funk influenced elements and Soul vocals, is a standout track on here and adds a Gospel and Blues feel to the release. "But Beautiful" and the title track "Water" are stylish piano led ballads and "Lonely One" is a simple yet effective Jazz ballad. The final track "Feeling Good" is a strong cover version of one of Nina Simone's best known hits and ends the album with a sense of fulfillment.

"Water" is a very accomplished debut album from an artist who has developed his sound over the years and who is comfortable with where he sits in the music industry. Gregory Porter's vocals are very special and the accompanying music has been carefully selected to showcase them in each and every song which has created a very magical record.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Regan J. Platt on 7 Nov. 2013
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I'm not going to write a diatribe about the inns and out of every track- if you have the time to listen to this one then you're in for a treat.
This is spiritual, clean and real.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rhoda Topaz on 16 April 2011
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I watched Jools Holland last night, and when Gregory Porter started singing, I held my breath, it was so fantastic. There are not many times this has happened to me, but the man's voice is wonderful.

I have not heard of this singer before, and I want to know why he is not doing any gigs in the UK?

This is great Jazz that concentrates on the melodies and voice. I can only repeat what other reviewers have said, recommend this to your friends, this singer is a marvel!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2012
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Over the last few years, it seems that most vocalists involved with Jazz, have been attempting some kind of "crossover" to break through to the wider markets available in the pop audience.

How refreshing it is then, to hear a proper Jazz album where the band leader, primary composer and featured soloist just happens to be a vocalist. No compromises are made and it's all acoustic instruments throughout, with no clever production techniques - just a crystal clear mix that gives everybody space to be heard.

If Gregory Porter had been a Sax player he could have been somebody like John Coltrane and the style of this album is very much from that era and the rhythm section "feel" and piano voicings could have come from A Love Supreme or Coltrane's Sound.

Of course the fact that vocals dominate throughout, makes this a more approachable album and the pre-fusion Jazz rhythms, give a sort of "classic" and rootsy feel to the music that is very appealing. But because Porter writes a lot of this album (which gives him great credit of course)it brings it all up to date and doesn't mean this is stuck in the 1960s - even when he is writing about that period in the stand-out track : '1960 What'.

Throughout, we also have great Jazz playing and improvising, especially from Chip Crawford on Piano - but there are also fluent and exciting horn solos on tracks like Wayne Shorter's 'Black Nile' - which is taken at a blisteringly fast tempo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 1 July 2014
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Amazon asked me if this album met my expectations. ....... I SAY NO.... This is a totally awesome album.... I should know as this will be my fifth copy ... miss it at ur peril xxx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Walker on 19 Aug. 2013
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I had not heard of Gregory Porter before a friend used 'Be Good (Lion's Song)' in a mentoring session. When I heard the track - I thought 'WOW' - this man can sing and I like the lyrics. I then went away and looked him up and saw his other CD's and bought 'Water.'

What can I say......the lyrics, the soulful singing, the emotion, the melodies,the harmonies and all the musical accompaniments all contribute to a great CD and 'food for the soul'.

BUY this CD and you will NOT regret it!!!

Pauline W - Woodford Green
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Rudd on 30 Oct. 2014
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Greg is the new voice of jazz, it's all down to him now. I just love the arrangements, the band and Greg.
Awesome, no simpering rent boys dancing around. Greg is giant. A mans, man. Hear this Simon Cowell, you cretin.
I've been a musician all my life, I heard this album and actually wept, tears of joy. He will of course, record with pin-heads and Jools (bloody) Holland. Yes, Gilson once played in my band. I'm exiled to France and I'm old, but when I hear Greg, music lives, again
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