ALBUM REVIEW: Gregory Porter – All Rise | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Decca Records/Blue Note

Released: 17.04.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beloved behatted jazz maestro Gregory Porter returns with his sixth studio album, All Rise, smoothing our somewhat bumpy transition into Spring with his velvety vocals. This is a strong album filled with classic Porter. Upbeat, gospel-backed toe-tappers like classy hit Revival Song and the pulsating Long List of Troubles blend seamlessly into emotive, gentle ballads such as the sumptuous If Love Is Overrated. 

It’s an album that carries the gravitas and compassion often found only in the best musical theatre. There’s a story to be told, here, and it ticks all the boxes. All rise, friends, the King of easy listening has returned… now get that bath running. 

 

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