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The now Grammy nominated Gregory Porter is becoming quite the force to be reckoned with. Undoubtedly talented and deserving of all the high praises sung of him, Porter is striking while the iron is hot and releasing a sophomore album claimed to outshine his Grammy nominated Water debut.
'Be Good', the follow-up to acclaimed vocalist Gregory Porter's debut album 'Water', features nine inspired original compositions plus three standards including "Work Song" and "God Bless the Child". 'Water' was voted the No.1 Album of 2011 by Jazzwise and Porter shot to the top of the jazz charts in 2011 following TV appearances on Later With Jools, Hootenanny and Carole King's Christmas Special.
In the short eight months since Gregory Porter exploded onto the UK music scene he has racked up a continuing stream of accolades and awards. When Jazzwise selected it as the No.1 Jazz album of 2011 the magazine praised it for its "outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for".
'Be Good' is a musical compendium of groove-driven delights, ranging from quiet ballads to up-tempo burners, from romantic charmers to powerful, blues-tinged anthems. It finds Porter surrounded by the core of his powerhouse working band with richly emotional horn arrangements by Kamau Kenyatta and production by Brian Bacchus, who produced Norah Jones' Grammy® -winning 'Come Away with Me'.
A disarmingly sincere performer, with a groove that never quits, a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter, it is unsurprising that Gregory Porter has been hailed as the future star of vocal jazz.
1. Painted On Canvas 4:45
2. Be Good (Lion's Song) 6:26
3. On My Way to Harlem 7:40
4. Real Good Hands 4:51
5. The Way You Want to Live 4:24
6. When Did You Learn 4:19
7. Imitation of Life 3:00
8. Mother's Song 6:59
9. Our Love 3:31
10. Bling Bling 6:00
11. Work Song 6:34
12. God Bless the Child