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Love’s Power Lives On: Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit”

I was initially introduced to Gregory Porter back in early 2012, shortly after he released Be Good.  As much as I loved his second album, I loved the first album, Water, just as much.  When I learned of his newest project a couple of weeks ago (Liquid Spirit), I wondered how it would be.  Let me just say it's my favorite album at the moment, and I've been listening nonstop.  And more than a faith in romance it seems to be trying to reignite, the spirit and soul of the album really pulls me right back to my years growing up in Detroit, with the love and comfort of family all around.  The power of love is very strong, and it definitely lives on.

If you haven't listened to this project yet, you've got to do so soon.  Please share with me what you think when you do.  Here are my favorite tracks right now (although they can change at any moment)...

  • No Love Dying
  • Liquid Spirit (title track)
  • Water Under Bridges
  • Musical Genocide
  • Brown Grass
  • Wind Song
  • The "In" Crowd
  • Movin'
  • When Love Was King
  • Time Is Ticking

Below are a few video clips of Gregory Porter performing, as well as sharing more insight about his general approach to music, and particularly his newest project, Liquid Spirit.

The first is a clip of Gregory Porter from last Thursday, appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show.  While Tavis is in typical form, consistently using himself as a reference point throughout the interview, we still get a great glimpse into Porter's influences, as well as the fundamental ideas and perspectives about life he pours into his music.

The next clip features Gregory Porter performing with The Robert Glasper Project at North Sea Jazz 2013.  I absolutely love Robert Glasper's work, and this pairing is absolutely wonderful.  Two of the great musical exemplars around today, and they flow so smoothly and effortlessly together.  I love this, and would love to see them together live.

The final clip is the music video for the title track of Porter's newest project, Liquid Spirit.

I hope you enjoy...





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