THE NEW PIED PIPER OF JAZZ VOCALS

ALBUM REVIEW               :           LIQUID SPIRIT

ARTIST                                  :           GREGORY POTTER

GENRE                                  :           JAZZ

DATE RELEASED               :           2014

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Many music fans find jazz music very boring, fortunately this album from George Porter is not one of those.  Probably, the main reason is due to his nice baritone voice which is more like a novelty since it has been a long time that I heard this kind of voice and is used properly.  His voice will make you miss jazz vocal legends like Al Jarreau and George Benson.

What this album is telling us listeners is that you do not have to indulge with old standards in order to be classified as jazz artist. Yes, we really miss those days when jazz artist keep on churning out original compositions.  Another good characteristic of this record is that the original compositions are full of realistic lyrics.  There are no heavy metaphors just simple words telling listeners that it is just him bothered in “Hey Laura” and in some other songs.  “Water Under The Bridge” is another testament to this characteristic.

There is no doubt that George Porter owns one of the most powerful voices right now and he knows how to use it by singing beautifully whether the song is an original composition or a cover of an old standards like “Stella By Starlight,” or if the song has catchy tune such as “Free” or very solemn like in “Wolf Cry.”

I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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