Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

7

Lewis Porter: Piano Solo

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
The solo format is, quite often, a window into an artist's soul. For Lewis Porter, performing all by his lonesome at the piano, it also serves as a showcase for a tripartite balancing act between patience, impulse, and calculated intellect. In an autonomous state, left to his own devices and desires, this pianist-scholar produces music that's as much about respecting a moment as it is about developing it.

This hour-long studio session finds Porter taking liberties with some warhorses and, perhaps of greater significance, purposefully exploring the merging of pen and piano. He certainly makes his case as a gifted interpreter through four familiar numbers, but it's the six originals that make the deeper impression. Opening on one of the classics—"What Is This Thing Called Love?"—Porter quickly makes clear that he's neither traditionalist nor firebrand. He tackles this gem on his own terms, using everything from lush chords to pseudo stride and strict-time swing to rubato romanticism. Then he delivers his own "Ragtime Dream," nodding to a modern classicist's temperament and indicating a penchant for polyvalent explorations.

As the recital continues, Porter branches out in myriad directions. He explores and exploits verdant harmonies on "I Loves You, Porgy," toys with blues play in equable fashion on "Blues For Sunset," floats his way across the keys on "Through The Clouds," and delivers a fun and far-out trip with the aptly titled "For Eddie Harris." Whether traveling through a wormhole of his own design, overlaying his thoughts through the use of bitonality, or simply mining the form and function of a given song for everything it's worth, Porter's solo music resonates with depth and beauty to spare.

Track Listing: What Is This Thing Called Love?; Ragtime Dream; I Loves You Porgy; Blues For Sunset; Birthplace; Through The Clouds; Mixolydia; Body And Soul; For Eddie Harris; Central Park West.

Personnel: Lewis Porter: piano.

Title: Piano Solo | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Next To Silence Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Paint The Sky Album Reviews
Paint The Sky
By Andrew J. Sammut
February 21, 2019
Read God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be Album Reviews
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
By Karl Ackermann
February 21, 2019
Read Rhyme And Reason Album Reviews
Rhyme And Reason
By Mark Corroto
February 21, 2019
Read The Definition of Insanity Album Reviews
The Definition of Insanity
By Nicholas F. Mondello
February 21, 2019
Read Omhu Album Reviews
Omhu
By Jakob Baekgaard
February 21, 2019
Read In Between the Tumbling a Stillness Album Reviews
In Between the Tumbling a Stillness
By Karl Ackermann
February 20, 2019
Read Gary Album Reviews
Gary
By Dan McClenaghan
February 20, 2019