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With his rich baritone sound and intelligent, sensual lyrics, Gregory Porter's star is rising fast. This highly anticipated debut recording, which features seven compelling originals and four standards, captures the intensity of his live performances and establishes an important new voice in jazz, gospel, and soul. Iconic Blue Note jazzman James Spaulding - noted for his classic recordings with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, and Bobby Hutcherson - plays a featured role in "Wisdom" and "Black Nile."

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2010 Grammy Finalist: Jazz Category -
Best Jazz Vocal Album --Grammy.com/nominees


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  2. Pretty 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Skylark 8:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Black Nile 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Wisdom 9:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. 1960 What?12:26Album Only
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  9. Lonely One 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Water 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema Music
  • ASIN: B003D5X3VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pedro on November 29, 2010
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I have seen Mr. Porter perform three different times. The last time at Smoke, last Wednesday. This most recent time, he had a smokin' band and he was up to the challenge. When the band and the singer challenge each other, and both step-up, it's a magical journey into the musical kingdom.

I bought the CD and I recommend it with unbridled enthusiasm. His voice reminds me a lot of Joe Williams, one of my favorite jazz/blues singers. He can interpret other people's songs- "Skylark", for instance- and does a beautiful job. But his own songs are the centerpiece of this CD. "Water," "Illusion," "Black Nile" and "1960 What?" are fine examples of the beauty, feeling, soul and social awareness that Mr. Porter puts into everyone of the songs he writes and/or sings.

As I was leaving Smoke, I told the owner that this man, in a fair world, should be filling up Giant Stadium. He should also be selling 100,000's of CD's. Buy one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor Rocine on December 19, 2011
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I've seen Gregory Porter twice at Jazz at Lincoln Center -- Powerful. The second time I purchased his CD -- Outstanding. He's written most of the music -- Amazing. Includes a great combination of jazz ballads, R&B, even a protest song. A significant depute CD. An artist to watch.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
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If you haven't noticed, female jazz vocalists have fallen upon tough times since the days of Ella, Sarah, Carmen and Shirley Horn. But unlike male vocalists, they aren't all but extinct. The scarcity of male jazz singers has less to do with the talent out there than with finding listeners who have any interest in it. Since Sinatra, Torme, and the occasional release by the iconic Tony Bennett, the only male vocalist to receive much attention is the gifted Kurt Elling.

Porter has a voice that is frequently reminiscent of Elling's, even if his scatting and vocalese are not quite up to that level as yet. Its full, slightly rough baritone quality has an "edge" that could easily overwhelm the spare accompaniment on a recording like this were the instruments--especially the piano--not miked exceptionally close and placed far forward in the mix.

It's a long program--over an hour--that would challenge any vocalist to sustain interest without the help of a full orchestra arranged by Riddle or Mandel. Porter fares better, perhaps, than Tom Vopat, whose recent Harold Arlen tribute album, despite the undeniable talents and appealing voice of the featured artist, becomes strangely wearing about half way through.

This is one of those albums that hearkens back to the '70s in its refusal to provide any relevant information (such as identifying the musicians). Nevertheless, the evidence suggests that Porter has worked closely with this rhythm section, which is unusually free and empathetic without seeming overly organized or merely "tight." (There were times I had to concentrate especially hard to find "one," even though the beat itself was clear and pronounced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cemil Gandur on August 14, 2011
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I bought this CD after hearing 1960 What? on the (internet) radio. I was not disappointed. This is is a superb Jazz CD, great vocals, great tunes, great solos, great band - highly recommended. I can't wait to have the pleasure to hear him live and can't wait for his next CD. The real thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ExPatriot Martian on March 24, 2013
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GP's voice and meter complement the lyrics perfectly. I had wanted some good jazzy blue songs to listen to and heard Mr. Porter on a podcast. I am so glad I purchased!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kenyada on August 14, 2012
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When you first "discover" Mr. Porter, you look over your shoulder like you've found a treasure you don't wish to share right away. I listened to this album like I used to listen to the wise griot-like elders of my youth. Gregory Porter's music makes you listen and remember; listen and reflect; listen and hope... but mostly listen. His soulful jazz interpretation is as exquisite as his laser sharp insight on such pieces as "1960 What?" And his is the most sensitive reading of the classic "Skylark" I've ever heard. When I copied this CD onto my iPod I wanted to make sure to leave the CD intact, without scrambling the order of the songs. The CD is a journey and I needed to experience it just as Mr. Porter and his producers constructed it. From the gut-wrenching screams of "Black Nile" to the Coltrane-like whispers of "Wisdom," Gregory Porter exposes a spectrum of human feeling that is painted in gradient shades of blue-black. I love this CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fabulous on January 17, 2013
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I heard this song on a local jazz station one evening. I'd never heard of Gregory Porter but liked his voice (deep, smooth and mellow). His music is nice to listen to on a lazy day or to wind-down from a busy work week. This cut is slightly up beat....in the same vane as Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful Day". I've downloaded other cuts from GP and they are just a nice!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. B. King on May 15, 2013
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Gregory Porter is my new favorite jazz singer. His voice is melodic and his manners are very mature. He makes absolutely beautiful music!!!
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