This evening will be the second time this year we’ve seen Gregory Porter in concert. The first time was outdoors in the summer at Jazz at Juan, but this time we’re indoors, wearing our masks, in Monte Carlo. To be honest, it’s rare to see one of my favourite artists twice in one year but we decided to make the most of whatever opportunities come our way.
Mr P will no doubt be promoting his new double (not) greatest hits album Still Rising which was released on 5 November 2021. The first disc includes four brand-new tracks, two new arrangements, three new covers and nine of his most popular tracks. The second disc features notable duets including songs with Moby, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Goldblum, Renée Fleming, Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright and others. His newest song and first single from the album is Dry Bones, featured here.
Of the collection, Mr P says:
This is my music up until now, but it’s not a ‘Greatest Hits’. They often come at the end of someone’s career, and I still feel new and young in mine. I have much more to say. There is always something in an artist’s career that people don’t know about; I wanted to bring it to their attention. The album title echoes my last one, ALL RISE, because I am reiterating something evident in my music and the new songs here—this upward-looking optimism about life and love. It’s an unfinished story for me, both musically and personally. And I’m still learning how to do this. Still rising.
It’s fair to say that over the last decade, Mr P has made jazz more accessible while collecting numerous accolades and acknowledgements, including two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
In 2019 the singer launched and hosted his own podcast, ‘The Hang’, which has amassed two successful seasons to date and played host to a range of celebrity guests. Earlier this year, Porter released ‘The PorterHouse with Gregory Porter’ Presented by Citi, a six-episode cooking series in which the singer shares recipes inspired by his local community, culinary experiences on tour and his own family cooking traditions.