This recording from jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, produced by Kamau Kenyatta, is billed as a program of songs based on themes of love and protest. Whether pining, yearning, or speaking out against injustice, Porter's voice is clearly understood in his attempt to tell you how he feels emotionally. While stylistically similar to the late Gregory Hines, Porter phrases like Stevie Wonder and enunciates the lyrics similar to Kurt Elling, while also incorporating techniques of singers like Jimmy Witherspoon and Joe Williams. Porter wrote most of the material, but also borrows from the show tune legacy, or modernists like Wayne Shorter. Many of these tracks feature him only with pianist Chip Crawford in preludes or complete duets, and they are introspective, as you might expect. Then there's the ode to riot-stricken Detroit "1960 What?," a powerful and deep piece that reminds the world what happened to the once industrial capital of the world
This 1959 release features pianist Oscar Peterson's interpretations of some of Cole Porter's best known and most popular songs, one of several albums Peterson recorded in the 1950s dedicated to specific composers. The pianist is backed by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen.
Gregory Porter presents the deluxe edition of his Grammy Award winning album ‘Liquid Spirit’. This fantastic new edition contains a new version of his popular track ‘Water Under Bridges’ re-worked as a duet with Laura Mvula, a cover of ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ where he duets with Jamie Cullum and also a wonderful cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Grandma’s Hands’ featuring Ben L’Oncle Soul. Featured on the CD is also the 20Syl remix of Porter’s title track, ‘Liquid Spirit’. There is a bonus disc with 5 videos taken from a live concert at Stadtpark Freilichtbuehne Hamburg, Germany 2014 and are performances of Grandma’s Hands, Hoochie Coochie Man, She Was Good To Me, Someday We’ll All Be Free and Work Song.
Cole Porter was one of a handful of American musical colossi. He had the genius to conjure up improbable rhyming lyrics to catchy melodies delivering not only a single song but as often or not a whole conundrum of numbers collected within the sphere of a show. This collection of 40 songs exemplifies the talent of Cole Porter and is a testament (tribute) to his longevity in musical history. Wit, humour, sophistication, rhythmic and key changes are small change to his ability.Who else could win a challenge to produce 'Miss Otis Regrets' after questioned whether he could write lyrics from the next words he heard? The cast of star celebrities in this collection say it all. Sinatra, Bennett,Crosby, Ella, Billie,Nat,Marlene, Judy to name a few. Also, the bigger bands of not so long ago, Nat Gonella, Jack Hylton, Geraldo. These need preservation orders and what better than endorse the master composer Mr Cole Porter? Add this to your collection.