Jazz artist Gregory Porter released his latest live recording Live in Berlin last week. The recording, released via Eagle Rock Entertainment is a wonderful experience for any jazz fan regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Porter and his body of work. That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list. That will be discussed shortly. Porter’s performance is just as important to note in the recording’s presentation as is the show’s set list. Last but hardly least of note in the recording’s presentation are the platforms on which it has been made available. Each element plays its own important part in the recording’s overall presentation. Altogether they make Live in Berlin a recording that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will his newer audiences.
Gregory Poerter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will those who are less familiar with him and his body of work. That is due in no small part to the show’s set list, speaking of his body of work. The show’s 18-song set list pulls songs from al four of Porter’s current album’s with his latest album Take Me To The Alley showing the heaviest representation with seven songs. Liquid Spirit (2013) comes second with five songs from that album included in the show’s set list. There are also some other familiar songs included in the show’s set list, not the least of which being ‘What’s Going On.’ There is also a cover of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ included in the show. The song was originally composed by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong but made most popular by The Temptations. If all of this isn’t enough for audiences, the set list’s order is the same in the recording’s CD side as it is in its separate DVD and Blu-ray side. As has been noted before in other live recordings’ reviews, this is important because there are some recordings out there whose set lists don’t always mirror one another between their CD and DVD/BD platforms. Speaking of those platforms, they will be discussed later, as they are pivotal to the recording’s presentation, too. Getting back on topic, the set list presented in this recording shows to have plenty of importance to the recording’s presentation. It is only one of the recording’s key elements, too. The stage presence of both Porter and his fellow musicians throughout the concert is just as important to note as the set list.
The set list that makes up the body of Gregory Porter’s new live recording is in itself a huge part of the recording’s presentation. That is because it pulls from all four of his current studio recordings and even includes covers of some other well-known hits. On another level, the show’s set list stays the same from the concert’s CD platform to its DVD and BD platform. So regardless of which platform one uses to experience this concert, one will get the same experience, in terms of the set list’s order, from one platform to the next. It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation. The stage presence presented by Porter and his fellow musicians is just as important to note in examining this presentation as the show’s set list. Porter oozes confidence as he makes his way through each song’s performance. Even as he spends time talking to the audience between songs, he exudes a certain humility with that confidence. That alone is enough to make listeners new and old alike enjoy watching him. Of course Porter’s fellow musicians—Chip Crawford (piano), Emanuel Harold (drums), Jamal Nichols (bass) and Tivon Pennicot (saxophone)—exude just as much confidence as they ease their way through each song, too. That is especially notable in the group’s performance of ‘Take Me To The Alley’ and ‘Hey Laura.’ Harold makes his timekeeping seem so effortless, and Pennicot’s work on sax is just as enjoyable to take in. Nichols and Crawford offer their own share of enjoyment throughout the show, too. When all four men join with Porter, the whole of their performances will keep audiences fully engaged from the show’s beginning to its end. When this is considered alongside the show’s set list, it becomes even clearer why Live in Berlin is such an impressive new live recording from Gregory Porter and company. These two elements are not the recording’s only notable elements, though. The platforms on which the concert is available are just as important to note in examining the concert’s recording as its set list and featured performance.
The set list featured in Live in Berlin and performance of said set list by Porter and company are both key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation. That is because the pair works hand in hand with one another. As important as both elements are to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only key elements. The platforms on which the recording has been made available are just as important to note as the previously noted elements. It might not seem all that important on the surface, but in the grand scheme of things, it is hugely important. Eagle Rock Entertainment has made Live in Berlin available on two separate combo packs – a DVD/2 CD combo pack and a Blu-ray/2 CD combo pack. By combining the concert’s audio only presentation (CD) with separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms, Eagle Rock has covered all of its bases, making the concert available for every one of Porter’s fans. What’s more, by combining the CD platform with DVD and Blu-ray, the company has also given fans the full concert experience, rather than forcing them to choose between platforms. The DVD + 2 CD combo pack averages approximately $28 and the Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack $27. Considering the closeness in the platforms’ average pricing audiences won’t be left paying an arm and a leg for the concert regardless of which combo pack they choose. When this is considered alongside the concert’s enjoyable set list and the group’s equally enjoyable performance of that set list, the end result is a recording that every audience will enjoy regardless of familiarity with the group’s work.
Gregory Porter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that every one of Porter’s fans will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with his work and that of his fellow musicians. From the show’s extensive set list to the completely enjoyable performance put on by Porter and company to the show’s relatively affordable and far-reaching platforms, there is plenty for audiences to appreciate about this recording. Keeping that in mind, it is a work that every audience will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with Porter’s work and that of his fellow musicians. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Live in Berlin is available now along with Porter’s latest news and more at:
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