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Album Review

The late saxman's final studio recording is smoother than should be legal, switching between alto and soprano and featuring all the right ingredients (killer production, nice melodies), but cooking only in certain spots. Most notable of these are the title track (too good to save for the end), which finds the Chicago native mastering jazz improv over loose, haywire industrial machinery, and the hypnotic sax melody, sax harmony textures, and bouncing groove of "DB Blue." Elsewhere, though, are those oh-so-agreeable romances and pretty but too polite vocal ballads that take the spotlight away from Art Porter in favor of Lalah Hathaway and Brian McKnight. Porter is a stylish, skilled player, but on Lay Your Hands on Me he too often calculates rather than just letting the mood take him where he should be going. Still, this is part of a valuable legacy from a saxman who departed way too soon.

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Last & Best

The Late Art Porter. Left us too soon. Still choke up about his death. Anyway, this is the best & last LP he left us. This sax player was known for his preformance on open mic nite in the jazz clubs. I like this cd because he was beginning to develop his own style on the sax, instead of a regular Jeff Lorber production. I love jeff lorber(fusion keyboardist), but sometimes you have to get away from a big-time producer to find your way. I usually don't like vocals on instrumental music, but you can't go wrong with Lalah Hathaway & Brian McKnight who contributes to two of the songs. The jams are funky "flight time" & "DB Blues." One the smooth side: We Are One & Just Wanna Be With You. The whole CD is nice for sax & smooth jazz lovers.

Top Notch

I'm a jazz purist, but not one of those rabid hard-cases that dismiss true talent. Art Porter is one of those great artist who had the ability to grab and hold on to your musical emotions! His leaving us put a large hole into the musical landscape. This is Art's best album ... It also was his last. This normally doesn't happen! An artist's first album is usually their best, everything afterward is a throwaway! This recording demonstrates that Art was growing and would have produced many more great recordings. Please add this to your collection, you will not be disappointed.

Over joyed!!

He was a young man who went to soon. He had so much more music to offer.

Biography

Born: 1961 in Little Rock, AR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Art Porter, a native of Little Rock, AR, began his musical education at home, learning and practicing jazz standards under the instruction of his father Art Porter, Sr., a renowned pianist and former accompanist for Carmen McCrae and John Stubblefield. Starting off on drums and becoming part of his father's band, Porter was drawn to the sax after noticing the melodic proficiency of his father and another band member, Leonard Johnson, who was his high school band director. He decided to drop the drums...
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