Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gregory Porter - 1960 What?

Tonight at Yoshi's Oakland will feature one of the most upcoming vocalist in jazz music in Gregory Porter. In the past couple of years, Porter has started to make a name for himself with both this year's album release of Be Good and his debut record Water in 2010. Like some, I was a bit late to the game, first hearing Porter's music only about six months ago when I came across his breakthrough single "1960 What?" and was completely blown away. This funky track, which is included on Water, features some powerful vocals backed by a solid groove that slightly remind me of Gil Scott-Heron's more soulful selections. Even though the song was recorded only a couple years ago, the overall feel and strong message of the composition is very reminiscent of a lot of the jazz and soul music that was being released during the sixties Civil Right's Movement. Like much of his music, Porter uses the great sounds, artists and movements of the past as a guiding light with his own music. Paying true homage to jazz and the rich and passionate culture that goes along with it. I highly recommend catching Gregory Porter's performance tonight at Yoshi's Oakland.

Gregory Porter - 1960 What? (Wicked Jazz Sounds Edit)

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