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4.0 out of 5 stars A Voice to Die For, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Liquid Spirit (Audio CD)
To match his first two albums, `Water' &' Be Good,' was perhaps asking a bit too much - a bridge too far?
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?
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 12:56:53 GMT
Which of his albums would you recommend for somebody who just heard an interview with him and a snippet of No Love Dying and liked his voice? Thanks in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 12:09:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jan 2014 12:19:56 GMT
Thespionic says:
My goodness that's difficult - but here goes from me! I don't feel there's much doubt that his first two albums were best, though I too love ' No Love Dying.' That third album (Liquid Spirit) is softer with more ballads.He exploded on the scene with 'Water' and that is very jazzy and a top class album all round. 'Be Good' is again brilliant, maybe just a touch softer than the original album. Perhaps there are more songs like No Love Dying on this album but there is plenty of up tempo stuff too! Go for the second - 'Be Good.' Really, you can't go wrong with either and the third isn't too bad either! Hope that helps but it's only my opinion! He's touring here in March with several gigs. I'm going to Bristol to see him. If you get a chance to see him 'live' then go, as he's excellent and so are his band.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 10:26:28 GMT
Thanks Gerry! That's great help. I think I'll start with 'Be Good' and work my way through the albums from there. Enjoy the gig in March!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2014 01:38:31 GMT
iGlad says:
Liquid Spirit is the more accessible for the non jazz people
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