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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2013

Adriana Carcu By

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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 quartet—Chip Crawford, piano; Aaron James, bass; Yoshuke Saton, sax; and Emanuel Harrold, drums—gave 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.

Photo credit Markus Kaesler

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