Tuesday, 16 December 2014
CD! Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit [Deluxe Edition]
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter has gone from strength to strength since the original release of, his Blue Note debut, Liquid Spirit in 2013. From getting his own night at the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse, to headlining Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall it’s been a bumper year for him. Now Porter tops it off by releasing a deluxe repackaging of the album with brand new tracks and live DVD. The repackaging of the GRAMMY-winning jazz and soul singer’s major label debut includes an additional 4 tracks, including collaborations, covers and a brand new remix. On it is Gregory and Jamie Cullum’s take on the classic “Don’t let me be misunderstood” which they sang during 2014’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. There’s also a brand new version of him singing “Grandma’s Hands”, originally made famous by Bill Withers, (and featuring Ben L’Oncle Soul), and the 20Syl remix of Liquid Spirit. The deluxe edition also sees Gregory cementing his friendship with British Jazz/Soul singer Laura Mvula by getting her to duet with him on a new version of his own composition “Water under bridges”, with their voices perfectly intertwining. The bonus DVD features extracts from his performance with the Metropole Orchestra from 2013. As well as orchestral versions of his own tracks it has Gregory covering classic songs such as Donny Hathaway’s ‘Flying Easy’ and Muddy Water’s ‘Hootchie Coochie Man’. The deluxe version of the album is further justification for Porter’s quick ascent into the top ranks of jazz and R&B singers today, showcasing his innate gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy.