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Gregory Porter: Be Good

Motema Music



Grace and intimacy thread the sophomore offering of one of music's most distinctive young jazz singers. Actually, to call Gregory Porter a jazz singer doesn't fully give his warm baritone its due. On romances like "Our Love," the restrained Porter is supple soul sung simply. On the big, brassy swing of "Worksong," he's electric, hollering blues with a whiff of early Ray Charles. On the soul pop of "Mother's Song" and the R&B of "Real Good Hands," Porter is a Broadway belter and iconoclastic storyteller. His self-penned songs run unapologetically long and very little here services contemporary radio, but time's passage goes unnoticed with the majesty of each moment Porter and his killer band conjure. His a cappella version of "God Bless the Child" serves as a reminder that honest music still lives and is here to feed the soul.(5 out of 5 stars)

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