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    First Listen: Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit

    Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

    When one listens to Gregory Porter, one can’t help but feel as though history is being created.  That we’re listening to someone that will last.

    Is he a jazz singer, soul, gospel… Yes.  As Porter concurs, “I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel. Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always heard them in jazz.”  And with his brand new album Liquid Spirit, Porter fills all of those musical spaces. 3 unique cover tunes that include Ramsey Lewis’s “The “In” Crowd" and 11 of those Porter self penned wonders that deal in the gains and losses of romance, his childhood memories and his socio-political thoughts. 

    Porter had released two Grammy  nominated independent releases previously, he now finds his home at Blue Note Records, because as he puts it, it's ‘a cool place to be’. 

    As for your First Listen, we have picked the title cut "Liquid Spirit," although any of these 14 songs would be appropriate.  As Porter reminds us, “I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it.”

    The New Album is called Liquid Spirit and its out on Blue Note on September 17th.


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