It's worlds away from the dance-friendly version of the song that he recorded with British electronic duo Disclosure. If there's a knock against , it's that it feels a bit long. The new record also shows that, far from having been fatal, success allowed him to mature both as a person and artistically. Porter testifies and brings the thunder, the horns riff, the rhythm section locks in the groove, and organist adds the glissandos and the grease. On Take Me To The Alley, Gregory Porter is supported by the core of his group. It skirts the edges of pop-soul yet remains in the jazz camp.
Almost entirely self-written, the songs are personal, some even autobiographical about his own family. The singer has chosen to leave the euphoria of Brooklyn with his wife and son to return to Bakersfield in California to be closer to his siblings. Don't Lose Your Steam Gregory Porter 3. The album is also available for pre-order on , and the singles are also available on. Those looking for an explanation behind the meteoric rise and continually growing popularity of Gregory Porter need look no further. But there are more gems to be found further on.
See below for a list of U. Consequence Of Love 3:20 06. Porter is surely the most unlikely star in contemporary popular music: a stocky, middle-aged jazz singer who wears a black balaclava to cover facial scarring topped off with a cloth cap. You could take a bath in that voice and it seems a lot of people around the world are happy to do just that. Users who ignore this rule will be banned from the site.
Consequence of Love 3:20 6. He also won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Among the highlights is a reworked version of Holding On, the track Porter co-wrote with electronic act Disclosure. The gorgeous voice, though, sweeps away all possible objections. French African Queen 3:44 13. While we often bemoan the choices that fame's fickle index finger makes, it pointed in the correct direction this time.
Take Me to the Alley 5:16 4. Grammy award-winning Gregory Porter returns with Take Me to the Alley, the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2013 Platinum album Liquid Spirit. Take Me To The Alley 5:17 04. His unabashedly old-fashioned style conjures up easy-on-the-ear nightclub jazz pitched somewhere between the warm croon of Nat King Cole and light swing of Moondance-era Van Morrison, with notes of gospel, blues and soul. Title: Year Released: 2016 Record Label:. His voice, already a standard of excellence by which others are judged, is matched by a truth-laid-bare songwriting style that is singular and second to none. The track listing for Take Me To The Alley is as follows: 1.
Take Me To The Alley, Porter's follow-up to the Grammy-winning Liquid Spirit Blue Note, 2013 and his fourth album in total, is a passion-fueled collection of music filled with inspired heart-on-sleeve meditations, from-the-mountain-top sermons, glimpses at what could've been, and musical testimonials. His partnership with Kenyatta started in the mid-1990s when he was a student at San Diego State University Porter began his college years playing football on a full athletic scholarship before a shoulder injury diverted him into a music career. It only takes one listen to get hooked. Grammy Award - Best Jazz Vocal Album, 2016 Take Me To The Alley from Gregory Porter is the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2013 Grammy-winning platinum album Liquid Spirit. Personnel: Gregory Porter: vocals; Alicia Olatuja: vocals; Chip Crawford: piano; Aaron James: bass; Emanuel Harrold: drums; Keyon Harrold: trumpet; Yosuke Sato: alto saxophone; Tivon Pennicott: tenor saxophone; Ondrej Pivec: organ. He's the epitome of soulful sophisticationpart tender poet, part cogent preacher, fully a man of the peopleand he has a voice that can make the angels weep.
His polished gems have the quality of standards: simple, attractive verse-chorus affairs that make touching, unambiguous points with a kind of pithy directness often associated with country music. Fan The Flames 4:12 12. In Heaven Darlene Andrews 9. Here, he revisits the song as a dreamy ballad, with soft double bass runs and the lightest of touches on hi-hats. It is all impeccable, if unadventurous, with the temperature rarely rising above tepid, although Porter does revel in pushing the tempo on a trio of tracks referencing bebop rhythms and scat singing.
Don't Be A Fool 4:32 11. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help. Gregory Porter has an especially soulful vocal range, far richer and more complex than those of his colleagues. With 2013's , jazz singer and songwriter 's Blue Note debut, he accomplished what few in his vocation have in recent decades -- sold over a million albums globally. The track was a worldwide club hit and inspired numerous remixes. Don't Be A Fool Porter 11. Gregory Porter is everything he's cracked up to be and more.
He is no simple 'heir' to Donny Hathaway like others have tried to be. That doesn't break new ground here isn't a big deal; he doesn't need to. More Than a Woman 3:31 8. Don't Lose Your Steam 3:18 03. With Take Me To The Alley, which is also released on Blue Note, Porter once again transcends genres.