Still Rising - The Collection Gregory Porter
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- 1Hey Laura03:19
- 2Liquid Spirit03:35
- 51960 What? (Edit)06:05
- 7Holding On05:01
- 9If Love Is Overrated05:54
- 10I Will04:27
- 11Real Good Hands04:12
- 12My Babe04:16
- 13Bad Girl Love04:40
- 14No Love Dying (2021 "Still Rising" Version)05:33
- 15Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad ?04:59
- 16Dry Bones03:09
- 17Love Runs Deeper (Disney supporting Make-A-Wish)02:42
- 18It's Probably Me (Live at Polar Music Prize, Stockholm / 2017)04:25
- 19Natural Blues (Reprise Version)04:28
- 20Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood02:58
- 21Raining In My Heart02:50
- 22People Will Say We're In Love03:14
- 23Grandma's Hands03:32
- 24Christmas Prayer03:23
- 26Make Someone Happy04:42
- 27Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)02:41
- 28Satiated (Been Waiting)05:38
- 29Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas03:35
- 30The Girl From Ipanema02:55
- 31Water Under Bridges03:57
- 32Right Where You Are05:25
- 33Heart And Soul03:55
- 34Making Love04:29
Info for Still Rising - The Collection
Gregory Porter's new release Still Rising is an exquisite collection of musical delights. The first disc includes five brand-new tracks, two new arrangements, and nine of Porters most loved global tracks. The second disc features breath-taking covers and duets, boasting songs with Moby, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Goldblum, Renée Fleming, Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, and others.
“The album title echoes my last one, All Rise, because I am reiterating something evident in my music and the new songs here — this upward-looking optimism about life and love,” Porter explains. “It’s an unfinished story for me, both musically and personally. And I’m still learning how to do this. Still rising.” (Gregory Porter)
Featuring five brand new tracks, two new arrangements and nine previously released fan favourites. The second half includes Porter’s rendition of classics like Grandma’s Hands, The Girl from Ipanema and Fly Me to the Moon, with appearances by Jamie Cullum, Paloma Faith, Lalah Hathaway, Lizz Wright and Jeff Goldblum — and even recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Julie London and Buddy Holly.
Porter has enjoyed a prolific decade of success, earning seven total Grammy nominations and winning two of them for his albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me to the Alley. With this release, the singer-songwriter asserts that he’s only just getting started.
“This is my music up until now, but it’s not a ‘Greatest Hits,” Porter says. “They often come at the end of someone’s career, and I still feel new and young in mine. I have much more to say. There is always something in an artist’s career that people don’t know about — I wanted to bring it to their attention.”
Raised in California, Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship, where he played outside linebacker. Eventually it was music that Porter chose to pursue full-time at the encouragement of local musicians including his mentor Kamau Kenyatta.
Kenyatta invited Porter to visit him in the studio in Los Angeles, where he was producing flutist Hubert Laws' album Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole. When Laws overheard Porter singing along while he was tracking the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile," he was so impressed with the young singer that he decided to include Porter on the album.
Another fortunate twist of fate was the presence that day of Laws' sister, Eloise, a singer who was soon to join the cast of a new musical theater production It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. Porter had minimal theatrical experience but was cast in one of the show’s lead roles when the play opened in Denver, and he eventually followed it to Off-Broadway and then Broadway, where The New York Times, in its 1999 rave review, mentioned Porter among the show's "powerhouse line up of singers.” It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues went on to earn both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations that year.
Porter eventually put down roots in Brooklyn, and in 2010 released his debut album Water (Motéma Music), which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His sophomore album Be Good (Motéma Music) followed in 2012 and earned him his second GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Despite having now recorded or shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Nicola Conte, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams and David Murray, Porter remains grounded and humbled by all the new accolades. “Sometimes I haven’t had a chance to absorb and enjoy some of the audiences that I’ve been in front of, especially some of the icons of the music like Wynton and Herbie,” Porter says, “And they give me so much open-arm love; I couldn’t fathom that two years ago.” With the release of Liquid Spirit, Porter’s soaring career will surely ascend even higher.
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