Exclusive Interview with Gregory Porter + MP3

We have an exclusive interview with Gregory Porter, whose album Water rose to the top of the Jazz charts rapidly after its release in May 2010. Check out what Gregory had to say about the new generation of jazz, his own path so far and his other hidden skills.

Your debut album Water has quickly risen to the Top Ten of the Jazz charts. Congrats! Were you expecting such a positive response to this album?

I was hoping for a positive response….I have an artistic impatience inside of me that wants to communicate with people..I want to talk about human emotions and joys and pains…I do it with live shows but it’s a beautiful thing to do it on a large scale with a recording.  Its fun getting an email or Facebook message from someone in some far out place I’ve never been, telling me how they love my music.

Name a few of your all-time-favorite albums.

Kind of Blue: Miles Davis
Swiss Movement: Les McCann
Anything from Leon Thomas
Live… at the sands: Nat King Cole
Now!:  Bobby Hutcherson with Gene McDaniels

Read the rest of the interview and grab a download of “Pretty” after the jump.
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Exclusive Giant Step Interview with Esperanza Spalding + MP3

Esperanza Spalding, the beautiful bassist (and vocalist and songwriter) who just released her album Chamber Music Society graciously gave us a little interview.  After working with her idols, rapidly gaining critical acclaim and crafting her latest album to perfection, she’s at another turning point in her amazing career. Read the full Q&A and get your free download after the jump, and don’t forget to check tour dates.

You’ve already received great attention already from major press to gigs at the White House for Barack Obama.  How does it feel to get this international recognition?
Well, it’s very flattering, exciting and a blessing, of course, and it allows me to continue working in music.

You also played in legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano’s band. How did you end up working and touring with him?
I met Joe as a student at Berklee, when I was playing in the student ensembles, at the end of my last year he asked me to do some gigs, and I continued to keep working with him over the years, so that’s been about 5 or 6 years now.

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Yvette Rovira: “Let’s Go Out Tonight” + MP3

“Let’s Go Out Tonight” has a backing of funk guitar, horns, and a rolling drumbeat behind Yvette Rovira’s powerful vocals, creating the upbeat dance tune of the album that will start off any night with a burst of energy. The track is a musical and emotional contrast to the rest of the album, which draws on heartfelt, poignant lyrics dealing with love, ambition and social responsibility.

Still, it’s Friday and you might see Yvette Out Tonight, maybe performing with the The Lifted Crew. After the jump, watch her interview with Fiona Bloom’s Efficacy Video Series.

Yvette Rovira – “Let’s Go Out Tonight” [MP3]
 

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GPWW 6/28/10: Mala In The Mix & In Conversation

You’ve got GP! Out of Brownswood, North London, Gilles takes us back to the roots of dance music with breaks like the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s “It’s Just Begun.”  His classic-funk mix brought on a slew of listener requests, and Gilles is happy to oblige. Later Gilles is joined by the original, mighty Mala, who is declared the “Godfather of Dubstep”. The man behind Deep Medi Records is in the mix and in conversation.

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