Preeminent jazz vocalist Gregory Porter has released a new single from his upcoming tribute LP Nat King Cole & Me, which is set for release on October 27. Check out Porter's cover of the Osvaldo Farrés tune "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" above, via Spotify.
Diverging from the spunky latin embellishments and multifarious arrangement of Cole's version, Porter's take is mystical and extravagant, delicately balancing the singer's burly Spanish vocals with a nuanced orchestral underpinning. "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" is the third single released from the album, following Porter's interpretations of "Smile" and "L-O-V-E."
In a press release on the Blue Note Records website, Porter explained the elaborate inspiration and presence of Cole throughout his years not only as a recording artist, but as a fatherless child:
He was one of a kind. He left such great music – such beautiful things to listen to that you can’t help but be influenced by that extraordinary timbre, style, and ultimate cool... It’s only natural that I go to the root of my inspiration and where I come from. And that root would be my mother and gospel music and Nat King Cole...
I remember thinking how strange that name was, going through her records, and first seeing his image: this elegant, handsome, strong man sitting by a fire, looking like somebody's daddy. Then I put the vinyl on the player and out of those speakers came that voice, that nurturingsound. It filled a void in me. My father wasn’t in my life; he wasn’t raising me; he wasn’t showing any interest in me. So Nat’s words, ‘pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again’ – all of these life lessons and words of wisdom were like fatherly advice. They were coming out of the speakers like Nat was singing those words just to me. I would listen to his albums and imagine that Nat was my father... In a way, there’s a familiarity and a calming effect to Nat’s music. Recording Nat’s music was very personal because I could hear and feel my mother. And I still feel myself searching for my father.