2020 Highlight: 'Don't Misunderstand' by Jimmy Heath featuring Gregory Porter

Best and top vocal track of 2020 (all genders): Gregory Porter this year impressed more on his featured spot on Love Letter, the posthumously released Jimmy Heath album than he did on his own All Rise although that latter album made the higher …

Published: 18 Oct 2020. Updated: 4 days.

Best and top vocal track of 2020 (all genders): Gregory Porter this year impressed more on his featured spot on Love Letter, the posthumously released Jimmy Heath album than he did on his own All Rise although that latter album made the higher echelons of the UK album charts and continues his stardom that long ago crossed over beyond jazz fans. Porter did O.C. Smith proud, beautifully accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, on Gordon Parks' 'Don't Misunderstand' with his very own sense of tristesse about lost love delivered in a spirit of acceptance to ''love the pain away''. Check out the song again and Little Bird – adieu.

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Blues highlight: 2020 Robert Cray, That's What I Heard

On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician …

Published: 18 Oct 2020. Updated: 43 days.

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On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician on the planet, tied at top spot with Buddy Guy, and one of the world's finest guitarists covering the waterfront with some choice pan-stylistic covers that simply worked. And what a voice. Sadly we lost blues icon Lucky Peterson this year, gone far too soon.