Archive for July 9th, 2014

Billy Porter – Billy’s Back on Broadway

Impressive. Billy’s Back on Broadway by vocalist Billy Porter (Concord Records, 2014) delivers with style and lots of happiness.

Backed by a variable ensemble of horns, strings and rhythm instruments, Porter scores with 10 classics from Broadway musicals. Pianist Rob Mounsey handled most of the arrangements. Other notables in the session include trumpeter Barry Danielian, and saxophonists Scott Krietzer and Andy Snitzer.

One can’t help but feel the joy in Porter’s voice as he croons “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Porter clearly owns the Sondheim-Styne classic, aided not so subtly by the orchestra. He sings with a flair similar to that of the late Sammy Davis Jr.

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