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Nat King Cole & MeTwo-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter's 3rd Blue Note album, Nat King Cole & Me, is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist Nat King Cole.
With the help of 6-time GRAMMY-winning arranger Vince Mendoza, the London Studio Orchestra, a core band featuring pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Ulysses Owens, and special guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard on two tracks, Porter revisits some of Cole s most cherished classics such as Mona Lisa, L-O-V-E, Nature Boy & The Christmas Song.1. Mona Lisa
3. Nature Boy
5. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
6. Miss Otis Regrets
7. Pick Yourself Up
8. When Love Was King
9. The Lonely One
11. I Wonder Who My Daddy Is
12. But Beautiful
13. Sweet Lorraine
14. For All We Know
15. The Christmas Song$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Liquid SpiritLiquid Spirit is the remarkable major label debut from GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter. The 14-track album is further justification for Porter's quick ascent into the top ranks of jazz and R&B singers today, and it also features 10 new originals which showcase Porter's innate gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy. Also included is a stirring rendition of the jazz standard "I Fall In Love Too Easily," as well as covers of Abbey Lincoln's "Lonesome Lover" and Ramsey Lewis' hit "The 'In' Crowd."
"I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel," says Porter. "Those elements make their way inside my music. And I've always heard them in jazz." Indeed, Porter wields one of the most captivating baritone voices in music today. It emits enormous soul that conveys both the emotions and intellect of any given song without relying on vocal histrionics. In The New York Times, Nate Chinen wrote: "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." Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater praised Porter in the pages of JazzTimes by saying, "We haven't had a male singer like him in a long time. He's such a wonderful writer. He's a story teller."
On Liquid Spirit, Porter retains the same core musicians that accompanied him on his previous two albums - pianist and music director, Chip Crawford, drummer Emanuel Harrold, bassist Aaron James, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. On a few selections, Porter complements that ensemble with trumpeter Curtis Taylor, and organist Glenn Patscha. Producer Brian Bacchus also returns, as well as arranger and associate producer Kamau Kenyatta.
Porter sees Liquid Spirit as a logical progression in his burgeoning discography as it touches on some of the same themes, particularly the highs and lows of romance, his childhood, and socio-political observations. More pointedly, he views the title-track, a rousing, hand-clapping gospel-jazz romp, dealing with replenishing "thirsty" listeners with more substantial music, as the flipside to last year's "Bling Bling," a blistering song on his previous album Be Good on which the protagonist had so many artistic gifts to give but no one to give them to. Similar sentiments occur on "Musical Genocide," on which Crawford hammers a dark rhythmic figure against James' bluesy bass accompaniment as Porter declares his refusal of accepting the insistent squashing of quality, diverse music and culture by a mainstream in favor of disposable, homogenized pap.
In part, these songs are based upon Porter's reflections on new fans, worldwide, who come to him saying, "Where have you been?" or "How come I've never heard you before." "Not saying that I am 'what is,' Porter says, "But I think maybe what I'm doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit - a soulful, thoughtful sound - and they haven't been getting it."1. No Love Dying
2. Liquid Spirit
3. Lonesome Lover
4. Water Under Bridges
5. Hey Laura
6. Musical Genocide
9. Brown Grass
10. Wind Song
11. The 'In' Crowd
13. When Love Was King
14. I Fall in Love Too Easily$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Take Me To The Alley (Awaiting Repress)Liquid Spirit - which followed Porter's critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated albums Water (2010) and Be Good (2012) - was released in the Fall of 2013 and quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling a million albums worldwide and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all-time with over 20 million streams. The album sold Platinum in the U.K. and Germany, and in the U.S. Porter made his first-ever national TV appearances on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live while ESQUIRE and NPR Music both declared him "America's Next Great Jazz Singer." Liquid Spirit also won Porter his first GRAMMY Award in 2014 for Best Jazz Vocal Album while also earning him a Best Traditional R&B Performance nomination for his affecting ballad "Hey Laura."
In the Fall of 2015 Porter finally found the time to return to the studio in New York City to record Take Me To The Alley. As he's done on his previous three albums, Porter teamed with producer Kamau Kenyatta to craft a collection of stirring originals that juxtapose the personal and political. His partnership with Kenyatta started in the mid-1990s when he was a student at San Diego State University (Porter began his college years playing football on a full athletic scholarship before a shoulder injury diverted him into a music career). It was through Kenyatta's mentorship that Porter's professional musical career began.
Reinforcing their well-honed rapport is the return of Porter's core accompanying musicians - pianist and music director Chip Crawford, bassist Aaron James, drummer Emanuel Harrold, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. Singer Alicia Olatuja, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and organist Ondrej Pivec also make appearances throughout.1. Holding On
2. Don't Lose Your Steam
3. Take Me To The Alley
4. Day Dream
5. Consequence of Love
6. In Fashion
7. More Than A Woman
8. In Heaven
10. Don't Be A Fool
11. Fan The Flames
12. French African Queen$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Motown Christmas (Awaiting Repress)One of the most anticipated holiday albums of the year, Motown Christmas is shaping to be an epic release. Full with unique collaborations, artists from
Capitol Records, Motown Gospel, and Motown Records join forces on classic holiday tunes such as "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Have Yourself A Merry
Little Christmas", "Silent Night" and more. Produced by multiple award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Motown Christmas features performances by
India.Arie, Ne-Yo, Gregory Porter, Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett and others. It is the first collection of new Christmas recordings from
Motown in 46 years. This is sure to be a memorable album that will endure the test of time and have something for everyone.1. It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson and Kevin Ross
2. This Christmas - Brian Courtney Wilson and Gene Moore, Jr.
3. Go Tell It on the Mountain / Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Gregory Porter and Anita Wilson
4. Angels We Have Heard On High/Glory In The Highest - Kierra Sheard and Chrisette Michele
5. Little Drummer Boy - Tye Tribbett
6. The Christmas Song - Ne-Yo and Tasha Cobbs
7. Christmas Overture (Carol of the Bells/My Favorite Things) - the Aaron Lindsey Orchestra
8. Joy to the World - Micah Stampley and Sheri Jones-Moffett
9. Bethlehem - Kem and Janice Gaines
10. O Come All Ye Faithful - Tasha Cobbs
11. Silent Night - VaShawn Mitchell
12. Mary Did You Know - India.Arie and Gene Moore, Jr.
13. Mary's Revelation Interlude
14. O Holy Night - Smokie Norful$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Passion Of Charlie ParkerFeaturing Ben Monder, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Gregory Porter, And More
On this Impulse! release, Charlie Parker's music is uniquely re-imagined by living legends of the modern jazz scene. Produced by Larry Klein, and including artists like Ben Monder, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, and Gregory Porter, this 'musical play' follows the narrative arc of Bird's life. This release aims to sound "like something that outlines the shape of what Bird might be doing in this time, were he still alive and playing these songs".LP 1
1 Meet Charlie Parker (Chan's Overture) [Vocal Version Of Ornithology]
2 The Epitaph Of Charlie Parker (The Funeral) [Vocal Version Of Visa]
3 Yardbird Suite (A Genius In His Youth) [Vocal Version]
4 So Long (Exodus To New York City) [Vocal Version Of K.C. Blues]
5 Every Little Thing (The Song Of The Acolyte) [Vocal Version Of Bloomdido]
6 Central Avenue (A Dark Journey To Los Angeles) [Interlude]
1 Los Angeles (The Dealer's Song) [Vocal Version Of Moose The Mooche]
2 Live My Love For You (Chan's Love Song) [Vocal Version Of My Little Suede Shoes]
3 Fifty Dollars (Angels And Demons) [Vocal Version Of Segment]
4 The King Of 52nd Street (Chan's Declaration) [Vocal Version Of Scrapple From The Apple]
5 Salle Pleyel (The Journey To Paris) [Interlude]
6 Après Vous (The Apotheosis Of Charlie Parker) [Vocal Version Of Au Privave]$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blackbird - The Beatles AlbumThis is the vinyl releaser of Milos's most recent album. After delighting audiences with the core-classical heritagen of the guitar, award-winning guitarist Milos Karadaglic makes a thrilling departure performing new arrangements of songs by The Beatles. He collaborates with celebrated artists including Tori Amos, Gregory Porter, Anoushka Shankar, Sergio Assad and Steven Isserlis. Songs include Blackbird, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Eleanor Rigby, Fool on the Hill and many others.1. Blackbird
2. Come Together
3. The Fool On The Hill
4. And I Love Her
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6. Let It Be
7. Eleanor Rigby
10. She's Leaving Home
12. Here, There & Everywhere
13. Here Comes The Sun
14. All My Loving
15. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InterludeBlue Note Records recording artist Jamie Cullum - the best-selling jazz artist in U.K. history - will release his new album INTERLUDE. The album includes 3 exclusive tracks that did not appear on the original U.K. edition. The album marks a shift to straight-ahead jazz and a return to interpretation from an artist who has made a habit of bending genres, writing original material and bringing new sounds and new listeners to the music.
Working with producer Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77, Cullum selected a number of jewels from the American songbook, including the title track, which was penned by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli, and added a couple of modern surprises - Sufjan Steven's "The Seer's Tower" and Randy Newman's
"Losing You." There are also collaborations with Gregory Porter ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood") and Laura Mvula ("Good Morning Heartache").
Interlude is the follow-up to Cullum's 2013 album Momentum, which he recorded with producers Dan the Automator and Jim Abbiss. Cullum has recently appeared on albums by Labrinth, Birdy and alternative hip hop super-group Deltron 3030. Jamie's catalogue dates back to his self-released, Heard It All Before, in 1999, while he was still studying at the University of Reading. Pointless Nostalgic (2002), released by legendary indie jazz label Candid Records, was certified Gold in the U.K. It was followed by Cullum's breakthrough major label debut, Twentysomething, which climbed into the Top 5 in the U.K., where it was subsequently certified triple Platinum. Cullum recorded two songs for the Meet the Robinsons soundtrack and was nominated for a Golden Globe® for "Best Original Song" for "Gran Torino," which he co-wrote for the 2008 Clint Eastwood film of the same name.1. Interlude
2. Don't You Know
3. The Seer's Tower
5. Good Morning Heartache feat. Laura Mvula
6. Sack O' Woe
7. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood feat. Gregory Porter
8. My One And Only Love
9. Lovesick Blues
10. Losing You
11. Out Of This World
12. Make Someone Happy
13. Come And Get Me
14. Lullaby Of The Leaves
15. Come Rain Or Come Shine$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The MugicianGrammy Award winner, Keyon Harrold, one of the world's most sought-after genre-bending trumpeters, will release The Mugician via Legacy Recordings/Mass Appeal Records.
Long known as the artist's artist - he has worked with Maxwell, Common, BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Eminem and a long list of the world's top musical icons - The New York-based musician now takes center stage with a captivating LP that ponders the fears and frustrations of a divided country while yearning for justice and peace.
As the word "Mugician" is an impromptu hybrid of words, this album is an accumulation of Keyon's eclectic tastes, with stylistic twists and turns everywhere taking cues from jazz, hip-hop, blues, rock, reggae, and rap. The new LP features an all-star list of collaborators, including Gary Clark Jr., Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Pharoahe Monch and Robert Glasper. From spiritual chants and soulful singing to bombastic expressions of frustration and melodic pleas for understanding, Keyon's arrangements color the different ways to hear the world in 2017.
If there are echoes of Miles Davis in Keyon's style and sound, it's no mere coincidence; Keyon played the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Davis in his 2015 biopic Miles Ahead and on its Grammy-winning soundtrack. Don reflects on this and the birth of The Mugician, the nickname that came from that project, in the liner notes, which he contributed to the album.
Ferguson holds a large presence throughout The Mugician. The instrumental "MB Lament" is a tribute to Michael Brown as strings echo a smoking gun while the bass line repeats over and over, reminiscent of the frequency of gun violence and systemic police brutality. "When Will It Stop" answers the calling of "MB Lament" as actor and comedian Guy Torry, also from the St. Louis area, uses humor to confront bigotry, sexism, racism, and more while Keyon leads a driving groove. And on "Circus Show," Keyon and Gary Clark Jr. trade verses and hooks while trying to make sense of America's "Broken" newscast over the repeated phrase "What's going on?"
Themes of home and family loom large on The Mugician. With nine brothers and seven sisters, several of whom are also accomplished musicians, Keyon considers family essential; the album opener "Voicemail" features Keyon's own mother encouraging her son to stay true to himself and to never give up in the face of trials and tribulations. The Mugician is Keyon upholding his mother's wisdom.
Keyon Harrold has become one of the most sought-after trumpeters in the world having been featured on nearly 100 albums spanning jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues, and hip-hop. Harrold has recorded with the world's leading artists from Maxwell to Keith Richards and has toured with music's most bold-faced names including BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Common, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, and more. In 2016, Keyon released "Running (Refugee Song)" in collaboration with songwriting partner Andrea Pizziconi as part of their initiative Compositions for a Cause. The song, also featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Common and Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter was included on Billboard's list of "6 Songs Offering Hope & Perspective During Immigration Ban" this past January.
Legacy Recordings and Mass Appeal Records have combined their creative and marketing resources in a first-of-its-kind collaboration on behalf of Keyon Harrold's, The Mugician. "We couldn't be more proud of signing Keyon Harrold and of the album he's made," said Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings."We're especially excited by the record's range of repertoire and the broadness of Keyon's appeal. Working with Mass Appeal, who've long been champions of Keyon's, exponentially expands our ability to reach fans with Key's music and the creativity and channels with which we'll do that."1. Voicemail (feat. Shirley Harrold)
2. The Mugician (feat. Josh David Barrett)
3. MB Lament
4. When Will It Stop? (feat. Guy Torry)
5. Wayfaring Traveler (feat. Jermaine Holmes, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Robert Glasper)
6. Stay This Way (feat. Bilal and Big K.R.I.T.)
8. Her Beauty Through My Eyes (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
9. Ethereal Souls
10. Broken News (feat. Andrea Pizziconi)
11. Circus Show (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
12. Bubba Rides Again$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now