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Maureen Malloy Recommends…Gregory Porter: BE GOOD

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Vocalist and composer Gregory Porter has released his much-awaited sophomore album, Be Good, the follow-up to Water, which made huge waves in the jazz world in 2010.  Sophomore albums tend to make fans and critics a bit nervous due to expectation and anticipation, so I'll save you some time and anguish - Gregory, once again, delivers!  Strong musicianship, horn arrangements by Kamau Kenyatta, and Porter's booming, yet expressive voice, make this record a true crowd-pleaser.

Gregory has once again proven that colorful and descriptive lyricism is not something that died off with Mercer and Berlin.He tells the story of his regular trips on the A Train in "On My Way To Harlem," and dreams up a heart-tugging fable of young love and rejection in "Be Good" (Lion's Song). He also throws in some killer interpretations of standards, like the hip swinging "Work Song," and an a cappela "God Bless the Child."

Gregory Porter has, once again, outdone himself. If you listen to these pieces over and over again, you'll hear a different version every time he tells you a story.

*WRTI's Maureen Malloy and Bob Perkins will bring you an exclusive interview with Gregory Porter on Tuesday, May 1st at 7 pm.  Tune in!

LISTEN to samples from the CD and purchase here

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.