You may have heard of Gregory Porter; in fact, it has been pretty difficult to miss the American jazz vocalist over the last few months. At a time when heavy beats and toneless remixes dominate the charts, Porter offers a breath of fresh air for our summer listening.
Last year saw his collaboration with Disclosure on the single ‘Holding On’. This major dance hit catapulted the previously unheard-of artist onto the European music scene.
However, Gregory Porter’s latest album, Take Me To The Alley, features slower, sultry jazz tones. This is definitely one for fans of blues and swing. In songs including ‘Holding On’ and ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’ Porter croons over funky, offbeat drum and brass instrumentals, creating a sanguine tune that is perfect for summer.
Porter is not new to the jazz scene; he has been big in the US for a while. His debut album was released all the way back in 2010 and in 2014 his album Liquid Spirit bagged him a Grammy. Now he has set his sights on the UK. The singer recently featured as the only musical performance on BBC1’s Attenborough at 90 and joined the country’s best performers on BBC2’s Shakespeare Live! He also led a chorus of music stars, including Mumford and Sons, in a moving version of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ on BBC2’s Later with Jools. This summer he is set to perform on Glastonbury Festival’s pyramid stage.
Commenting on this impressive achievement, Porter stated: “I’m very grateful for the success of Take Me To The Alley. The chart position it’s reached around the world is very exciting, and its success is an example of the acceptance of my music. I am very thankful.”