Gregory Porter: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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July 18, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • Gregory Porter's healing soul music sends a message of compassion, and he's got a baritone voice that resonates love. When Porter visited NPR, we'd just learned that our colleague, photojournalist David Gilkey, had been killed while working on a story for NPR in Afghanistan. When Porter began singing the calmly beautiful "No Love Dying," he may not have known how much it would mean to us. Yet this song of compassion and hope, from his Grammy-winning 2013 album Liquid Spirit, was just what we'd needed.
Porter and pianist Chip Crawford continued their thoughtful, entrancing set with "Take Me To The Alley" (the title track to Porter's new album), a song about how we treat and think about those who live on society's margins. Closing this Tiny Desk concert is "Don't Be A Fool," another new song of love, loyalty and trust. For us, Porter's set provided a timely reminder that we can all use comfort, counsel and guidance - and that music can be serious and heartwarming without losing its sense of wonder and delight.
Take Me To The Alley is available now:
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-me-to-the-alley/id1088093080
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Take-Me-Alley-Gregory-Porter/dp/B01CJVIUPE
Set List:
"No Love Dying"
"Take Me To The Alley"
"Don't Be A Fool"
Credits:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nick Michael; Production Assistant: Marissa Lorusso; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR.
For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast: www.npr.org/podcasts/510292/tiny-desk-concerts-video

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  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    6 ամիս առաջ

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    1. Finnley Miles
      Finnley Miles
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  2. Kalimero
    Kalimero
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    Der Song von Sting habe ich Ihn entdeckt eine grossartige Stimme ❣️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

  3. Noel tapper-gray
    Noel tapper-gray
    3 օր առաջ

    God's voice in human form. Wonderful.😀

  4. quiet storm
    quiet storm
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    His voice and the pianist......love luv

  5. Martin Prochazka
    Martin Prochazka
    7 օր առաջ

    So beatiful

  6. Tumisang morake
    Tumisang morake
    9 օր առաջ

    Thank you

  7. Joshua Cauley
    Joshua Cauley
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    Gregory Porter is the best singer of this era of music, and I hope that more people get to know him! Also, how did they get Larry Flynt to play piano?

  8. Ceecee Ong
    Ceecee Ong
    12 օր առաջ

    it is boring,i mean the songs,,and the piano player is so bad,

  9. Dan SHOUT
    Dan SHOUT
    14 օր առաջ

    Incredible! Tivon should have played a bit tho!!

  10. lorna rose
    lorna rose
    16 օր առաջ

    Beautiful sounds to the ears, just besutiful

  11. davide merlini
    davide merlini
    16 օր առաջ

    more, more and even more‼️

  12. davide merlini
    davide merlini
    16 օր առաջ

    n.0

  13. Lily FW
    Lily FW
    16 օր առաջ

    sending love to your lost collegue, NPR

  14. Thefunksoulbro
    Thefunksoulbro
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    Take me to the alley, his mum used to take him to sing in them. I think that he is singing about, when Jesus returns. He'll ask .........Bless you all peace be with you.

  15. Yvette Hollins
    Yvette Hollins
    20 օր առաջ

    Thank you for having and sharing this Awesome Artist Gregory Porter !!!

  16. Marvin Smalley
    Marvin Smalley
    24 օր առաջ

    When I sing, I pretend that I'm Him. If I only had such control of my baritone voice.

  17. Fred Sebro
    Fred Sebro
    29 օր առաջ

    What a breath of fresh air with all the musical trash we are bombarded with nowadays. This guy is from God to make America better and I hope to sweep away all the musical junk in your face. Maaan, do we need it

  18. Cloud Tsuchiya
    Cloud Tsuchiya
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    Bu muhteşem sesli adamı dinleyen Türk arkadaşlarıma selam olsun! Buradaysanız eğer ses verin.

  19. Claudia Dietl
    Claudia Dietl
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    Er ist einfach nur wunderbar🌹

  20. Nathou Ta'leternel
    Nathou Ta'leternel
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    Oh please please please Be blessed my tender brother Singer, u and your family by The Lord of Lords. Should it be...! I do love u so. No love dyin'here for you and me, till....the surprise of The King's back day' sayin' Come to my table ! From Paris 🌺🌺🌺

  21. Nom Nom
    Nom Nom
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    Music himself !!!

  22. Michelle Gigliotti
    Michelle Gigliotti
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    It's hard not to feel something good when listening to such greatness.. The incredible voice and lyrics that just ooze and indeed evoke pure love, joy and peace within me.. I just cant get enough of Gregory Porter. To me, his voice is beyond greatness ...

  23. crazypianolady
    crazypianolady
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    Random thought, how would he wear a mask for covid?

  24. Sakura Ki
    Sakura Ki
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    This is balm for the soul 🥰

  25. Saúde Mental Estiva
    Saúde Mental Estiva
    2 ամիս առաջ

    The fact of the piano player just doesn't know wich songs his about to play is pure gold! lol

  26. therover65
    therover65
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Goosebumps

  27. absalom mahlangu
    absalom mahlangu
    2 ամիս առաջ

    I'm proud to be black, your music is beautiful GP, in our country his initials are of a province

  28. Leigha Burris
    Leigha Burris
    2 ամիս առաջ

    The way he just smiles through his music. And hits those notes effortlessly. Beautiful, soulful.

  29. Ken Bryant Muhammad
    Ken Bryant Muhammad
    2 ամիս առաջ

    I have seen him perform at least 4 times. Such a beautiful artist.

  30. Melissa Minder
    Melissa Minder
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Ok, Chip is adorable, just say'n. He and Gregory each have beautiful lights about them.

  31. absalom mahlangu
    absalom mahlangu
    2 ամիս առաջ

    This guy is living legend, I'm proud to be black

  32. The Prospektor
    The Prospektor
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Absolutely perfect 🙏🏼

  33. Freddy Flowers
    Freddy Flowers
    2 ամիս առաջ

    9:04 that piano.... well the whole thing is amazing...

  34. Charles Stallings
    Charles Stallings
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Always brings tears...

  35. Andreas Neumann
    Andreas Neumann
    2 ամիս առաջ

    The Piano Man.

  36. Puff Opper
    Puff Opper
    2 ամիս առաջ

    The massive club beautifully sniff because step-mother unequivocally head among a tight teeth. sticky, pastoral evening

  37. Ilmārs Brīvība
    Ilmārs Brīvība
    2 ամիս առաջ

    So much Respect and enjoy 👌

  38. Elcordinho
    Elcordinho
    2 ամիս առաջ

    three lovely songs.....

  39. HIOR12 ISRAEL
    HIOR12 ISRAEL
    2 ամիս առաջ

    GP did the Tiny Desk.and I wasn't there????!!!

  40. Yvonne Hopkins
    Yvonne Hopkins
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Speechless!!! Brilliant voice!! ♥️ Magnificent Pianist!♥️

  41. Jon Frank
    Jon Frank
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Wish he and Anita Baker had made a baby. Can you imagine the voice that kid would have.

  42. Banana316
    Banana316
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Wow, his voice is like butter!! :)

  43. S. H.
    S. H.
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Listen up generation Z...this is REAL MUSIC, PURE SINGING and UNFORGETTABLE LYRICS.

    1. S. H.
      S. H.
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      @i Im X but thanks and take notes....

    2. i
      i
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      Ok boomer

  44. Ivonne Fischer
    Ivonne Fischer
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    🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

  45. ttsgeb
    ttsgeb
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    Gregory Porter is criminally underrated.

  46. Blenderado 3D
    Blenderado 3D
    2 ամիս առաջ

    Qué preciosidad de músicas

  47. Tevin Heath, MPA
    Tevin Heath, MPA
    3 ամիս առաջ

    When I feel down, this song pick me up, dust me off, puts a hand on my shoulder and tells me to keep on doing you, my friend.

  48. JT-ASH
    JT-ASH
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    You can feel this man's beautiful spirit coming through his voice. He reminds me of all the men in my family that I respect and love. I am melting 🥰.

  49. medoww z
    medoww z
    3 ամիս առաջ

    какая пошлятина

  50. seraphicness
    seraphicness
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    Sister, you will have a pardon

    1. max wilson
      max wilson
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      that part🥰

  51. Gude Laune-Hinne
    Gude Laune-Hinne
    3 ամիս առաջ

    lol

  52. Kayla Briggs
    Kayla Briggs
    3 ամիս առաջ

    What a lovely voice!

  53. M Nelson
    M Nelson
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    Love sent me here 1/13/2021 May my brother James M. Nelson's spirit forever be honored through love.

  54. LonelyMelon 74
    LonelyMelon 74
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    Such a present, thank you!

  55. Dieseluk2k
    Dieseluk2k
    3 ամիս առաջ

    The lyrics are profound

  56. Tlhako TG
    Tlhako TG
    3 ամիս առաջ

    🔥🥂

  57. Art and Other
    Art and Other
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    i like the simplicity of his words, and the honesty, simplicity and therefore difference from most other performances of both of them

    1. Art and Other
      Art and Other
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      reminds me of Eric Bibb's writing

  58. André Deco
    André Deco
    3 ամիս առաջ

    Que som, que Show! Demais...

  59. Bawo Okonedo
    Bawo Okonedo
    3 ամիս առաջ

    This 'Take me to the alley' had the feel of Donny Hathaway's 'Sack full of dreams', both in rendition and theme

  60. fetta nation
    fetta nation
    3 ամիս առաջ

    Holding On

  61. Arif Ali
    Arif Ali
    3 ամիս առաջ

    This needs like 5 million likes!!!!!!!

  62. WheelsakaSpeedy
    WheelsakaSpeedy
    3 ամիս առաջ

    The uptight tea spectroscopically sin because russia worrisomely love into a nebulous anatomy. lowly, acceptable eggnog

  63. Lila Ammons
    Lila Ammons
    3 ամիս առաջ

    Such an amazing addition to the treasure trove of music in the world. Thanks.

  64. Tapered Edge
    Tapered Edge
    3 ամիս առաջ

    I love his voice - so soulful. And as always the sound quality is stunning.

  65. Lawrence De'Ath
    Lawrence De'Ath
    3 ամիս առաջ

    Whatever it is that Bob Boilen and the team do for talent at Tiny Desk, it works. Superlative soul-warming performance from Gregory Porter. "No Love Dying" is outstanding in every way, starting with the simplicity of the arrangement here.

  66. Mr. Kelly
    Mr. Kelly
    3 ամիս առաջ

    Is he referring to Jesus?

  67. Lulu May
    Lulu May
    3 ամիս առաջ

    amazing!!!

  68. Stephanie Gilbert
    Stephanie Gilbert
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    My name Mary, I live in Pasadena, Tx n I cope n hope with addiction issues, ancestoral family patterns(alcoholic Dad n Naive Mother). I also have the symptoms of bipolar "dis"order and/or schizophrenia... This music made me cry because we all watched and saw 284,000 plus souls pass!!?!! Whilst some men... Intelligent people... But just people too.... Have Trillions of dollars to "play" with. It's no wonder WE are all feeling traumatized... I have FAITH, the people that "pass the buck of responsibility".... Will WAKE UP!!! 🙏🤗👂🎶🤗🎶✌️🚀😹👍😇🎂🎈💞

  69. Shiraz Z
    Shiraz Z
    4 ամիս առաջ

    What a peacefull and tranquil voice ..... beautiful beautiful .....

  70. wallero kitchen월래로키친
    wallero kitchen월래로키친
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    i am so impressed for your song~ thank you

  71. Richard mark Jones
    Richard mark Jones
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Art in tandem

  72. Gabriel Pieroni
    Gabriel Pieroni
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Bocatto di Cardinale!

  73. Vernon Viernes
    Vernon Viernes
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Neurons rewired recalibrated

  74. Vernon Viernes
    Vernon Viernes
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Blood pressure leveling, elevation hovering rising...smooveness

  75. Brandon Beukes
    Brandon Beukes
    4 ամիս առաջ

    4 Years later and still so Relevant 'the alley'

  76. Laraee Johnson
    Laraee Johnson
    4 ամիս առաջ

    i dont know when i discovered gregory porter but God I am glad i did my soul is soothed and my fears resit in peace and then disappear, peace to you Mr porter what a song i love all music but this well well and well and amen, i bunyan all i can foing and hope that 2020 with all it hops morphs into love for 2021 and rests forever

  77. Badr El
    Badr El
    4 ամիս առաջ

    One word : Wholesome ! Loved it so much !

  78. Art Alive Movement
    Art Alive Movement
    4 ամիս առաջ

    If a chocolate chip cookie had sound this is it

  79. Billy Hughes
    Billy Hughes
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Fantastic.

  80. Juan Luis Grullon Frias
    Juan Luis Grullon Frias
    4 ամիս առաջ

    The music of this man gives me immense peace

  81. Elcordinho
    Elcordinho
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Two masters at work.

  82. Graham Robson
    Graham Robson
    4 ամիս առաջ

    GREGORY PORTER the VOICE of GOD

  83. latoya barlow
    latoya barlow
    4 ամիս առաջ

    Simply Amazing............

  84. Terrell Davenport
    Terrell Davenport
    4 ամիս առաջ

    I absolutely love his special, calm, powerful voice!

  85. Thumberlina
    Thumberlina
    5 ամիս առաջ

    I love the way Chip watches him, the are so together. Stunning.

  86. Thumberlina
    Thumberlina
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Wow

  87. Emeless
    Emeless
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Total mastery in song right here. Gregory Porter creme de la creme. The best story teller out right now. Wow.

  88. Andrea Toledo
    Andrea Toledo
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Oh my God!! Suddenly I found your voice!

  89. Tracey Miller
    Tracey Miller
    5 ամիս առաջ

    bob boilen i love your mind.... i wonder who the 291 dislikes are...lol

  90. FouZ Iya
    FouZ Iya
    5 ամիս առաջ

    He should make a collab with Lilianne La havas, mind blowing !!

  91. Thefunksoulbro
    Thefunksoulbro
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Apparently he fed and sung to the homeless. His mum educated him well. Hoping to see him live next year. Pure talent shines 😎 God bless all who read this.

  92. Mpume
    Mpume
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Hey Man, Gregory Man, the Soul Music Man! what a great soul...

  93. cee eumo
    cee eumo
    5 ամիս առաջ

    I'm waiting on a Bill Withers Tribute Album

  94. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson
    5 ամիս առաջ

    I am loving how the piano player is really moved as he plays. He would be the right person to play for you. Thank you NPR Music for this concert. I just saw Gregory Porter on a video with Sting in the audience. I loved the song so much I became a fan of Mr Gregory Porter.

  95. Buster Clingon
    Buster Clingon
    5 ամիս առաջ

    English is a great Language for Gregory....Bravo....Que Bonita.....Oui...Oui...!!

  96. Mabels Tarot
    Mabels Tarot
    5 ամիս առաջ

    Heavenly ❤️

  97. Roxanne Perdue
    Roxanne Perdue
    5 ամիս առաջ

    I am so in love with him.... ♥️♥️

  98. Bart Vandekerckhove
    Bart Vandekerckhove
    5 ամիս առաջ

    I want to compare this gig to Bill Evans & Tony Bennett, but apart from the composition this recording is a world in itself. Equally exceptional! Instant classic!

  99. Tea Ben
    Tea Ben
    6 ամիս առաջ

    Love him!

  100. Maikel RetroGamer
    Maikel RetroGamer
    6 ամիս առաջ

    loves his music, is there a reason for the skimask, i never seen him without it?...