Take Me to the Alley

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Take Me to the Alley
Take Me to the Alley.jpg
Studio album by Gregory Porter
Released May 6, 2016
Recorded Fall 2015
Studio Capitol Studio B, Hollywood
Sear Sound, NYC
Unit 2 Studio, N. Hollywood
Genre Jazz
Length 51:18
Label Blue Note
Producer
  • Gregory Porter
  • Kamau Kenyatta
Gregory Porter chronology
Liquid Spirit
(2013)Liquid Spirit2013
Take Me to the Alley
(2016)
Nat King Cole & Me
(2017)Nat King Cole & Me2017
Singles from Take Me to the Alley
  1. "Don't Lose Your Steam"
    Released: 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[1]
Metacritic81/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Exeposé4/5 stars[6]
Irish Examiner4/5[7]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[8]
The National4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork6.7/10[10]
PopMatters9/10[11]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[12]

Take Me to the Alley is the fourth studio album by Gregory Porter, released on May 6, 2016 through Blue Note Records. It earned Porter a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.[13]

The album was recorded in Hollywood and New York City between September and October 2015.[14] Porter worked alongside producer Kamau Kenyatta, with whom he first worked in the mid-1990s when he was a student at San Diego State University. Porter observed: "Kamau has been most instrumental in taking what I have and refining it... he's been great at offering encouragement to what I already have artistically."[15]

Reception[edit]

Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis said:

... for all its easiness on the ear, – and there are moments when listening Take Me to the Alley feels like being mugged by a syrup sponge pudding – there’s something weirdly uncompromising about Porter’s music. He doesn’t bother with glossy production: Take Me to the Alley sounds fantastic, but that’s down to the warm spontaneity of an album that seems to have been recorded in six days. Nor does he dabble in radio-friendly pop covers – no scat-singing interpreter of the Coldplay songbook he. His own compositions proudly display his gospel roots – not the first genre you’d think of flaunting were you desperate for mainstream success. The title track offers up a parable about the second coming of Christ, its sternness at odds with the pacific piano playing and Alicia Olatuja’s pillowy backing vocals; "In Heaven" undercuts the small hours loveliness of its muted trumpet with a lyric by Porter’s cousin about death and redemption.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gregory Porter, except where noted.[17]

No.TitleLength
1."Holding On" (Porter, James John Napier, Guy William Lawrence and Howard John Lawrence)5:01
2."Don't Lose Your Steam"3:17
3."Take Me to the Alley"5:16
4."Day Dream" (Porter and Craig Dawson)3:51
5."Consequence of Love"3:20
6."In Fashion"4:34
7."More Than a Woman"3:31
8."In Heaven" (Darlene Andrews)4:18
9."Insanity"5:37
10."Don't Be a Fool"4:31
11."Fan the Flames"4:12
12."French African Queen"3:44
Total length:51:18

Deluxe edition bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleLength
13."Holding On" (featuring Kem)4.16
14."Insanity" (featuring Lalah Hathaway)5.03
15."Don't Lose Your Steam" (Fred Falke remix)3:15
Total length:63:51

DVD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Take Me to the Alley" (EPK) – 6:33
  2. "Don't Lose Your Steam" (Video) – 3:17
  3. "Don't Lose Your Steam" (1 Mic 1 Take) – 3:28
  4. "Holding On" (1 Mic 1 Take), featuring Kem – 4:10
  5. Don Was Interview – 19:31

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ O'Riordan, Alan (March 23, 2016). "Album Review: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  8. ^ Larkin, Cormac (May 18, 2016). "Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley review - enough jazz attitude to keep in with the in-crowd". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
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