Gregory Porter is the man. And I’m not just saying that because of his vocal talent. It’s obvious he’s got some chops and after listening to one record, you’ll be hooked on his lush, baritone voice. But, his humble presence and spiritual outlook are also traits that further reflect his star power. And with his new album, Liquid Spirit, out now, he has introduced another dose of musical superiority that will only elevate contemporary jazz.
He hit the scene in 2011 with his debut album Water and in 2012, with the release of the critically acclaimed record Be Good, the buzz about Porter continued to soar. Porter earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance and his second album became a part of many publications’ “best CD’s of 2012.”
If you’ve listened to his records, then seeing him in concert will only double your excitement about Porter. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to see Porter perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival and he gave a magnetic concert complete with tons of live energy and a smoking band.
After seeing the amazing vocal artistry that Porter displays, Blue Note Records snatched him up real fast and he joined the famous label known for signing jazz gems.
Liquid Spirit is his debut album with Blue Note and on it Porter masterly tackles both original and cover tunes.
Check out my review of Liquid Spirit for The Jazz Line here.