Label/Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Review Date: February 12, 2017
Since the release of his debut album Water in 2010, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter has been a force to be reckoned with. His very personal blend of jazz, gospel, blues and soul has drawn in fans from around the globe, particularly with the release of his Grammy Award-winning third album Liquid Spirit in 2013 and his hugely successful new album Take Me To The Alley.
This past spring, Gregory Porter delivered a phenomenal concert at the Philharmonie Berlin on May 16, which has been released via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Available on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Formats, Live In Berlin features Porter and his superb band performing tracks from across his career, including signature songs such as “Holding On,” “Liquid Spirit,” “Hey Laura,” “Take Me To The Alley,” “Be Good (Lion’s Song),” “Water Under Bridges,” “1960 What?,” “Don’t Lose Your Steam,” and more. [MSRP $34.98 Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD]
The line-up of the band performing on Live In Berlin is Gregory Porter (vocals); Chip Crawford (piano); Jahmal Nichols (double bass); Emanuel Harrold (drums); and Tivon Pennicott (tenor saxophone). With minimal staging, simple lighting and the audience on all sides, the focus is totally on the music, allowing Porter’ssublime voice to bring out the light and shade in his songs.
The Bonus Features (also recorded In Berlin), include an insightful interview with Porter and the members of his band about their background, influences and the way they work together as a group.
Live In Berlin is an absolute treat for any Gregory Porter fan.