Be Good finds Gregory Porter surrounded by the core of his powerhouse working band, with whom he recorded his Grammy nominated debut album, and who have performed with him for over three years now: Chip Crawford on piano, Aaron James on bass, Emanuel Harrold on drums, and Yosuke Sato on alto sax.
Under the sure hand of producer Brian Bacchus, Porter and the band rise to new heights on Be Good, which is further fueled by richly emotional horn arrangements by Kamau Kenyatta, who produced Porter's debut album Water.
The album's opening track masterfully primes the canvas of Porter's sophomore release. Gentle as a bedtime story-teller, his vocals weave seamlessly in and around the warm tones established by his core band. "Be Good (Lion's Song)" (the leading single from the album) has been a favorite at Porter's live shows for some time. Here, it finally makes its much anticipated recording debut.
Porter's lyrics often speak as dreams do, in the languages of image and emotion, communicating thoroughly though not always directly. His objective as a songwriter, he says, is "to create a sincere message about my feelings on love, culture, family and our human joys and pain."
For a limited time "Real Good Hands" is available for a free download as iTunes Single of the Week.
East Coast Tour Dates + More TBA
2/23 - NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club | More Info
2/26 - NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club | More Info
3/16 - NYC, Highline Ballroom | More Info & Tickets
3/28 through 3/31 - Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe | More Info
4/3 - Pittsburgh, PA, The Cabaret at Theatre Square
4/4 through 4/7 - Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe | More Info
Be Good (Lion's Song)
On My Way To Harlem
"Warmth coats every line of Gregory Porter's intimate jazz and soul debut. Hints of Nat King Cole bleed through Porter's articulate phrasing, but the weight of Joe Williams and the spiritualism of Bill Withers resonates, too....Porter's conviction and traditionalism....delivers another refreshing, contemporary male jazz voice worth savoring." — Creative Loafing Atlanta
"The versatile Porter's Water leaves you awash in enticing grooves." — USA TODAY
""Gregory Porter has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn't know you wanted." Echoing those sentiments was the BBC's Kevin LeGendre, who said, "Gregory Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with."" — New York Times