Gregory Porter's show started with a blast of musical energy and moved along on a tempestuous mingling of perfectly attuned modes. His voice, with deeply harmonic lining, and fuelled by vibrant inner propulsion, glided on the intervals with the kind of newness that made each theme sound like an improvisation.
The quartetChip Crawford, piano; Aaron James, bass; Yoshuke Saton, sax; and Emanuel Harrold, drumsgave a solid backing, moving along at the same time with a clear, distinct voice. Saton's nervous sax solos, with pertinent and sharply modulated pitch plunges, commented on the theme while the drum work was expanding its impact. The bass augmented the expression, and the piano highlighted the lyrical undercurrent.
The sinuous narrative of Porter's voice, meandering around the melodic pattern with an exquisite command of pitch and tone, and in perfect balance with the group's well tensioned act, gave a show of superlatives with a hint of soul, a touch of funk, a pinch of blues.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.