Lewis Porter: Solo Piano
Lewis Porter goes it alone for a wondrous mix of standards and originals on his latest release. His touch and approach is parlor rich a la Art Tatum, taking you on wondrous journeys as on a flowing “What Is This Thing Called Love” or an ebullient “Body and Soul.” Sometimes he adds a dash of modern classical a la Satie, giving intriguing harmonies to his “Blues For Sunset” and “Birthplace” and giving a soulful spaciousness to his tribute piece “For Eddie Harris.” Porter gives a nice ectomorphic parlor feel to “I Loves You Porgy” and gives some hip jazz lines for John Coltrane’s “Central Park West.” A nice trip into the mind and heart of a trooper.
— GEORGE W. HARRIS, jazzweekly.com
Beauty & Mystery (2018)
Lewis Porter: piano
John Pattitucci: doublebass
Terri Lyne Carrington: drums
Tia Fuller: soprano and alto saxophone
Accompanied throughout this often inspired recording by bassist John Pattitucci, sought after Grammy-winner and frequent trio companion drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and high-flying, rep-rising saxophonist Tia Fuller, Porter unleashes his vast knowledge of John Coltrane, and the multitude of jazz avenues on a frothy mix of original covers and time tested covers.
- MIKE JURKOVIC, allaboutjazz.com
In addition to albums and arrangements, Lewis has written concertos for both classical and jazz sax, an eight-part jazz suite, and several big band pieces. Here are some samples. For a complete listing, see the Larger Compositions page.