Issues of Life
  • Genre:Jazz
  • Released:15/09/2014
  • Label:Membran
  • Price:$49.95
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Issues of Life

Gregory Porter

A compilation of superstar Soul-Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter's best "features and remixes" with artists like David Murray, Zbonics and Brian Jackson (of Gil Scott-Heron fame), including four previously unreleased tracks.

Gregory Porter is one of the most talked about male vocalists of the present day. In the four years since the release of his debut album, 'Water', on the Harlem based Motema label, the former football champ has received two Grammy nominations (winning Best Vocal Jazz Album in 2014), garnered a multitude of enthusiastic reviews and gained millions of fans all over the world. Hailed by Downbeat magazine as "The Soul Poet" on their front cover in October 2013, Porter has received encouragement and praise from musical icons such as Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and even Stevie Wonder, who appeared as a guest with Porter at festivals around Europe throughout the summer of 2014.

Some of the most impressive results of Gregory Porter's so called "features" are presented on this CD. They range from a fantastic interpretation of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'", recorded in 2012 with the Austrian trombonist Paul Zauner and his "Blue Brass", via contributions to the album by saxophonist David Murray's Infinity Quartet; a star-studded tribute to the music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson; on to the Zbonics, a Soul-Jazz collective led by drummer Zak Najor. Throw in the acclaimed Opolopo remix of Porter's biggest hit "1960 What?", plus a few never before released edits and remixes, and you have some prime examples of the incredible range and depth of Porter's gifts.

For those among the majestic Porter's growing legion of fans who want to know more of his backstory, this compilation is an absorbing chronicle. --The Guardian, (John Fordham), September 18, 2014  

Track Listing

  • Great Voices of Harlem - Moanin' (Radio Edit)3.34 
  • David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Gregory Porter - Be My Monster Love8.04 
  • Zbonics & Gregory Porter - Issues of Life5.27 
  • David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Gregory Porter - About the Children7.50 
  • Zbonics & Gregory Porter - Just in Time4.55 
  • David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Gregory Porter - Hope Is a Thing With Feathers7.18 
  • Zbonics & Gregory Porter - Nowhere to Run3.53 
  • Zbonics & Gregory Porter - She Danced Across the Floor (automart Remix)3.56 
  • Gregory Porter - 1960 What? (Opolopo kick and bass rerub)8.27 
  • David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Gregory Porter - Army of the Faithful6.20 
  • Zbonics & Gregory Porter - She's Gone5.17 
  • Kentyah, M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band feat. Gregory Porter - Song of the Wind4.15 

Total running time: 69:16

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