This starts steadily then takes off. He has a great jazz blues voice with an equally good jazz backup that varies in style and mood according to his songs-well matched. That to me was the beauty of this as that he moves smoothly through different emotions. Definitely worth listening to if you are a jazz blues fans.
Having been introduced to Gregory Porter on Jazz FM I bought both of his albums and I can't stop playing them! He has a superb voice and performs each song with such ease and clarity. I can't wait for his next CD!
I heard him singing Feeling Good last night on Radio 3. I was immediately struck by his fabulous and warm voice, the love child of Nina Simone and Richie Havens. His version of Skylark comes close to Ella's magnificent version, with the power that Aretha brought to hers in the early sixties. And no annoying vocal tics that make you want to grab some singers by the throat....but that may just be me being a bit grumpy, and is not a threat obviously.
Gregory describes this as an album of love and protest inextricably twinned to the emotional drivers in Jazz and as a power to the people. The best track on the CD is the brilliant story of the riots in Detroit USA entitled 1960 What. Without a doubt, this is the best Jazz tune of 2011.