It’s Episode 54 of Comprehensive Beatdown with Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G!
The guys are back this week with one of their most anticipated albums of the year, “Take Me to the Alley” by Gregory Porter. This is Porter’s 4th solo album and his follow-up to the Grammy winning (best jazz vocal performance) “Liquid Spirit.” Silent G talks about his experience seeing Gregory Porter at Jazz Fest in New Orleans last weekend in the Jazz Tent as a severe thunderstorm wreaked havoc on the festival grounds, causing the cancellation of the remainder of the day’s shows, including a two-hour Stevie Wonder performance.
The intro music comes from the new Lack of Afro Album, “Hello Baby.”
If you want to keep up with an inordinate amount of new music, follow Silent G’s 2016 Albums/EPs playlist on Spotify.
I cannot bring myself to post the D’Angelo “Sometimes it Snows in April” cover. Since that’s one of my favorite songs of all time and understanding the impact that Prince had on D, it hits me right in the feelings a little too hard. It is similar to when Stevie honored MJ with “It Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”, I just cannot watch it again. Today I did feel like posting something Prince related and thought that Gregory Porter did an absolutely amazing job with his cover of “Purple Rain”. Porter has a new album coming on May 6th titled Take Me To The Alley. If the first two tracks from it are any indication, this will be yet another brilliant album.
Gregory Porter’s new video for “Don’t Lose Your Steam” is the latest from his forthcoming album Take Me To The Alley which will be dropping on May 6th. Has far as I’m concerned Mr. Porter is a national treasure and should be treated as such. He has given us three incredible albums and this is shaping up to be his fourth. I’m confident in saying that nobody is making music like him right now. His music comes across effortless.
The latest track in 20Syl’s remix extravaganza is here. This time the Hocus Pocus front-man takes Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” and jazzes it up, if that is even possible. Providing the perfect mix of funk and jazz and creating a beautifully crafted nu jazz feel for the title track from Gregory’s Grammy Award winning album. There is no real wrong doing
This man deserved his Grammy award, that is undeniable.
Before he was the Grammy award winning Gregory Porter, he was just Gregory Porter, the incredibly awesome jazz singer. Here is a performance from The Jazzwoche Burghausen on March 16th, 2013. Gregory performs tracks from his first two releases Water and Be Good, both of which are available on Mr. Porter’s website. If you have heard Liquid Spirit then and love it as you should, then you will love these two albums as well. Gregory’s voice is just a dynamic live as it is on record. He is a real treasure to the Jazz community and I look forward to many years of amazing music from him.
The Personnel at this performance are:
GREGORY PORTER – vocals
YOSUKE SATO – alto sax
CHIP CRAWFORD – piano
AARON JAMES – bass
EMANUEL HARROLD – drums
JOHN FADDIS – trumpet (On My Way To Harlem, Work Song, & But Beautiful)