Vocal Jazz - Released November 30, 2018 | Blue Note Records

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In 2017, Gregory Porter released a tribute album - or rather a love letter, to the man he considers his ultimate hero: Nat King Cole. A remarkable musician who weaved his way between pure jazz and easy listening, an innovative and highly skilled pianist-virtuoso, and of course, a captivating singer/crooner with his deep, romantic and velvety voice that set him apart from everyone - this genius had never before been commemorated in so much style. In this live performance recorded on the prestigious stage of the Royal Albert Hall in London, Gregory Porter is supported by his trusty quartet (pianist Chip Crawford, bassist Jahmal Nichols, drummer Emanuel Harrold and saxophonist Tivon Pennicott) as well as by the 70 musicians of the London Studio Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza. He features pieces that are closely associated with Nat King Cole (Mona Lisa, Nature Boy…) but also some of his own compositions ( Hey Laura, When Love Was King, Don’t Lose Your Steam…). Throughout One Night Only it is fascinating to see how Gregory Porter is just as comfortable when singing alongside the sophistication of the string section as he is in the rougher and groovier sequences. A vocal range that makes this show truly magical. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

Vocal Jazz - Released May 19, 2017 | ACT Music

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What better way of making a new record than surrounding yourself with new collaborators? That was the idea that Youn Sun Nah had for She Moves On. Four years after Lento, the Korean singer has taken on a close-knit group comprising John Zorn, Jamie Saft on the piano, the Hammond organ, the Fender Rhodes and the Wurlitzer (he also produced the record), and Brad Jones on the bass alongside drummer Dan Rieser, who worked with Norah Jones in Little Willies. But it is above all the presence of the guitarist Marc Ribot on five of these eleven tracks that draws attention. Surrounded by these four strong personalities, Youn Sun Nah explores a fairly varied repertoire that owes as much to rock as to folk, to rhythms as to lyrics, taking in covers of Joni Mitchell (The Dawntreader), Paul Simon (She Moves On), Lou Reed (Teach The Gifted Children), Jimi Hendrix (Drifting with a searing solo from Ribot) or the traditional Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair. Three original compositions, Traveller, Evening Star and Too Late, complete this album which is resolutely inspired by American music and which presents her impressive voice in a context which rightly recalls Norah Jones, or Melody Gardot. But Youn Sun Nah's vocal personality is strong enough that she never seems to be stepping on her illustrious sisters’ toes, and she offers, from the outset, a record that is all her own. © MD/Qobuz

Vocal Jazz - Released March 16, 2015 | Legacy Recordings

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Vocal Jazz - Released September 15, 2017 | Okeh - Sony Masterworks

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Back to square one for Denise Eileen Garrett a.k.a. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis! The very city where she was born on the May 27th, 1950. The Frenchiest American singer releases here a tribute to one of the United States’ most musical city. A city she left with her parents at three old to move to industrial Flint, in Michigan. But her career proves that those three years were enough to shape the rest. Recorded in the famous Royal Studios in Memphis, and produced by Kirk Whalum and Lawrence Mitchell (grandson of Hi Records’ Willie Mitchell), the album gathers together carefully selected local gems of soul and blues. Classics interpreted for instance by Otis Redding (Try A Little Tenderness), B.B. King (The Thrill Is Gone), Soul Children (The Sweeter He Is written by Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter), Elvis Presley (Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog), Carla Thomas (B-A-B-Y also by the Hayes/Porter duo) and Al Green (I Can't Get Next To You written by Barrett Strong), to which Dee Dee Bridgewater gives her trademark and immensely enjoyable boosts. After celebrating New Orleans in Dee Dee’s Feathers, here comes another tribute, equally classy, perhaps groovier and with more dancing, but which demonstrates that everything her voice touches usually turns to gold. © CM/Qobuz

Vocal Jazz - Released January 27, 2017 | Eden River Records

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