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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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Our friends at AMG have dubbed Gregory Porter to be "up there with José James," as far as male vocalists in the amorphous genre called Jazz. You know how we feel about José James, and we're more than grateful to hear all this new male vocal talent.
Download the song "Pretty" from his album Water. "Love makes us all crazy," he says of this song. A soulful tribute to a woman from Porter's past, "Pretty" is an understated ensemble piece that is bolstered by the alto sax work of Yoske Sato.
Gregory Porter - "Pretty" from Water [MP3]
This week, Gilles Peterson Worldwide features North London DJ and producer Rockwell. In classic GPWW style, Gilles also brings it with a wide ranging mix of music from around the world, including the up-and-coming jazz singer Gregory Porter who we've been going on about, Anito O Day, P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble, and a dub remix of a Michael Jackson's "La La Means I Love You." The later part of the show features a mix by Rockwell, including some of his originals and some remixes. This might be the first GPWW show ever to feature a Cash Money Record (but it's a Rockwell remix of course).