Chances are you don't sit around in your house and listen to jazz. But, you probably should.
There's a song, an album, an artist for any situation. So, we asked Grammy-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter (who's also man of the moment thanks to his Liquid Spirit remix) to take us through the basics...
"Yeah, and a lot of them were the artists that were on the cusp of jazz, you know. They gambled in jazz or were very much jazz artists in their own right, like Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. I listened to a lot of Nat King Cole when I was growing up. That’s certainly a shortlist, but the longer list is very substantial. Otis Redding and Sam Cooke were titans of their time for sure, but then you’ve got Joe Williams, Billy Holiday - to name but a few more.
"With jazz, and this is what people like about jazz, it's that you can pick a song that probably hasn’t been played by anybody in ten years and it’s just perfect and special. Miles Davis’ record Kind Of Blue really takes me to a place. Also, Gregory Porter is very refreshing…"
"The Claptone Remix of Liquid Spirit and the Opolopo Remix of 1960 What? have a put me in a whole new place in terms of audiences. They get that song, they love that song and thn they might find their way to one of my ballads or something, so that’s really cool. It’s really good for music. It’s really good for jazz too.
"There’s a couple of live Nina Simone records that really take me to a place. It’s about protest, it’s about rage, it’s about sweetness. In one record so many emotions are contained and [when you asked me earlier about why I was drawn to jazz], it's the wide range of rhythms and stories and vibes of the music. Leon Thomas has a funky tune called China Doll. It might not be very politically correct but it’s so damn funky. When I put it on I’m like 'daaaaang!' This is a club hit right here."
"John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Put that record on and it’s over with, you know. The whole record is gorgeous. My One And Only Love and You Are Too Beautiful."