February 9, 2012

V4YS Album Review - Gregory Porter - Be Good (Motéma Music)

Back in 2010 the release of US singer Gregory Porter's first LP, Water, was at first a jaleously
kept secret by some well-informed jazz lovers.
But the record had too much in store not to quickly reach a wider audience. On top of the discovery of a remarkable voice, we could thoroughly enjoy finely tuned lyrics with a poetic and sometimes politically-conscious edge, as well as a dazzling sound oscillating between classy and afro/spiritual jazz.
All things coming to he who waits, 2011 brought a Grammy nomination and the increasing airing of the record's catchy track 1960 What? by a few good DJs, allowing for the real take-off, of a singer now even reaching out to soulful house fans thanks to the recent releases of great electro remixes.

Making hay while the sun shines, Gregory Porter is now back on Motéma Music with his sophomore album, Be Good, that sounds like a striking confirmation.

Still supported by his brillant quatuor (Chip Crawford - piano, Yosuke Sato - sax, Aaron James - bass and Emanuel Harrold - drums) the chameleon-like singer is as moving on romantic ballads (Painted On Canvas, Real Good Hands...) than he is on energetic big-band-like jazz tunes (Work Song, On My Way To Harlem) or on "bluesy" soul moments (Mother's SongThe Way You Want To Live, Good Hands...). He even dares a stunning accapella cover of Billie Holiday's standard God Bless The Child !

Following the path of a José James, Gregory Porter asserts himself as an all-round jazz/soul artist, as brillant an interpret as a witty writer. An essential production and some thrills guaranteed during his upcomong US and European tour !

Below a streaming of couple extracts, Bee Good (Lion's Song) and On My Way To Harlem :

Retrouvez cette review en français sur le site WeGoFunk !

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