Gregory Porter has released “Phoenix,” from his upcoming album All Rise.
“Phoenix” follows Porter’s earlier singles “Revival,” “If Love is Overrated” and “Thank You.” The latest cut from All Rise is an earnest, upbeat tribute to love’s everlasting ability to overcome otherwise unsurpassable boundaries. In accordance with the soaring spirit of “Phoenix,” Porter leans on classic jazz to build beautiful, climbing melodies.
“‘Phoenix’ is about the undying, irrepressible spirit of love,” says Porter. “Love can fall, can suffer some great blow, but it can rise from the ashes and keep going… We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.”
Porter’s last album, Nat King Cole & Me, was released in 2017. That album blended compositions by Cole with songs that were inspired by his body of work.
All Rise will be released on August 28 via Blue Note Records. Listen to “Phoenix” here: