Grammy Nominated Porter plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmonic and lyrical adventure – songwriting mastery that grants these musicians more than just a vehicle for improvisation, but an invocation of their collective muse. Nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album in the 60th Grammy Awards 2017.
Review from LA Jazzscene
Randy Porter Plays Cole Porter (Heavywood Music)
Veteran pianist Randy Porter is a fine modern straight ahead pianist who in his career has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Charles McPherson, the New York Voices, Rebecca Kilgore and David Friesen among others. On his tribute album to Cole Porter, he teams up with bassist John Wiitala, drummer Todd Strait and, on six of the nine selections, the great singer Nancy King.
The set features eight Cole Porter songs plus the pianist’s ballad “Inside Your Mind.” Nancy King brings her own warmth and individual phrasing to such songs as “I Concentrate On You,” “Just One Of Those Things” and “All Of You,” sounding very much in her musical prime. Porter takes “I Love You,” “Why Can’t You Behave” and “Get Out Of Town” as instrumentals. His solos are swinging, boppish and full of subtle creativity while keeping the melodies in mind. Wiitala and Strait are excellent in support of the lead voices.
Further analysis is not needed. Randy Porter’s Plays Cole Porter, which is available from www.randyporter.com , is a high-quality set of creative jazz that is easy to enjoy.
- I Concentrate on You
- I Love You
- Just One of Those Things
- Inside Your Mind
- All of You
- Why Can’t You Behave
- Night and Day
- Get out of Town
- Every Time we Say Goodbye