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.”
In 1998, Herbie Hancock released his uptenmillionth album Gershwin’s World. An album of jazz standards performed by Herbie and a slew of Jazz music veterans. One of the most beautiful and sublime songs on the album is Joni’s rendition of Gershwin’s “The Girl I Love”, which eventually also became “The Man I Love”. Both versions have been recorded by any and everyone in the music world. None as well as this though. Joni sits alone atop my list of favorite female vocalists in history and is honestly not in serious jeopardy of ever losing said position. Here she is at top form, delivering an amazing performance worthy of it’s own singular place in the Smithsonian museum.
Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is releasing his debut Blue Note album Rising Son on February 18th. This probably the most anticipated for a new jazz project I’ve been since Canvas from Robert Glasper. That version of “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” sounds great. You can preorder the album by clicking the link below. Check out Takuya’s back catalog as well and his work with Jose James.