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Third studio album by the American jazz singer. Featuring the tracks 'Lonesome Lover', 'Musical Genocide' and 'Brown Grass', the album entered the UK Albums Chart at #12.
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As a singer and songwriter when Porter sings we all sit up to attention waiting to hear that voice of his ooze out, and it always does with charm, warmth, full of soul and a certain amount of hip coolness, this is a man who definitely knows how to work his mojo.
This album is possibly more accessible to everyone rather than those who are into just Jazz. Of course Jazz features here but also there are elements of Gospel, Soul, Blues and Rhythm and Blues which makes this a wonderful album to listen to. Porter’s rich baritone vocals command attention and are just so smooth as he sings his way through all the pieces here. The musical accompaniments, and vocal ones by guest stars also work together well making this a slick and highly enjoyable album that is easy on the ears and a pleasure to listen to.
It is worth watching the DVD here, especially as we have the wonderful piece Hoochie Coochie Man, which is a joy to listen to at any time. Really you can’t go wrong with this deluxe edition.
Whilst this is a fine effort, for me, it's very good, rather than outstanding, as the aforementioned two clearly are. This album lacks the vibrancy and perhaps unsurprisingly the originality of those initial albums. There are 14 tracks, of which GP wrote 11. The albums consist of some typical Porter quality and also several ballads, plus a couple of covers; overall the music is a bit more down tempo than the previous offerings. The band of Chip on tinkling piano and Yosuke on Sax, are complemented with trumpet and Hammond organ on a couple of tracks which adds nicely to the album. `Hey Laura' has `Lion Song' traits and `Lonesome Lover' has a lovely jazzy backdrop .
My personal favourites are `No Love Dying,' which for me is up there with any of his best songs. It was released as a single in the USA. `Liquid Spirit' is typical of the up tempo rhythms of those initial albums, as is `Free.'
`Musical Genocide' is typical of GP's originality, being almost his own musical CV, it's another top track. 'When Love was King' was written and inspired after the birth of his son, Demyan, and of course, `Free' thanks the sacrifices that his parents made for him. Gregory writes and sings from his heart and that is a very endearing feature of his music.
For the first time there may be one or two so -so songs on here, but let's face it, he has a voice to die for, so he gets away with it! After just 3 albums he has an absolutely awesome set list - is there a jazz vocalist out there that can match him?
The runaway track here is "Liquid Spirit" a no nonsense song about the greed of man (read capitalism) that deprives people of their basic needs like water. Even if you're a dance aficionado you will have heard this track thanks to the excellent house reworking by Claptone which is also included on this Deluxe Edition.
So I've written paragraphs and only mentioned one track so far. I could go into details about the melancholy blues genius that is Water Under Bridges, the perfectly arranged cover of The In Crowd or the other 15 or so tracks (there are 19 presented) but all are just superb.
If you have a decent stereo state this disc will make your stereo shine. Those of you into Blue Note jazz may have noticed that original recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder has been painstakingly digitally remastering a lot of the back catalogue to get the best from CD format. This disc will never need that. Every detail in the bass, cymbal etc is presented and every hammer strike in the piano carries a meaningful emotion. Combined with Porters earthy vocal timbre you have an amazing record. Buy it and enjoy the brilliant album.
The `best of the best' on this recording begins with the gospel-tinged "Liquid Water", which is driven along by hand-claps, grooving horns, James' bass figurations, and Chip Crawford's staccato piano funk. The powerful Max Roach-Abbey Lincoln gem "Lonesome Lover" is marvelous, pushed along in 4/4 swing with a 6/8 vamp with a hot Yosuke Sato alto solo. "Hey Laura" and "Brown Grass" are ballads that intensely lay out the story of troubled romances gone wrong. The very hip, bluesy "Free" and "Movin'" are autobiographical marvels showing the positive influence of family on Porter and show his backup group at its best. The engaging "now and forever' theme of "Wind Song" is propelled along nicely by Harrold's drums and Crawford's sparkling piano. The beautiful 'fairy tale'-like ballad "When Love Was King" is dedicated to Porter's new son and the world he wants to raise him in, getting a very emotional performance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the beautiful voice of this Artist, I am looking for my next one nowPublished 1 day ago by great alrounder
Fantastic voice, needs a contemporary twist to bring out the feelingPublished 9 days ago by J M PEARSON
Late in arriving but when it did it was packaged well. This is the first CD I've bought by this artist after hearing in at Glastonbury. I love this album and would recommend.Published 17 days ago by Goosey