George Porter, Jr.

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George Porter, Jr.

Postby Monkeyboy » Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:17 pm

Please forgive me, I should know his name! Plus, someone told me they were never giving me back my best of the Meters disc when I loaned it to them!

This cat, simplicity=great grooves! Nothing overly flashy. Duck & Jamerson definitly grooved as well or better and were a little more notey but this guy just laid it DOWN!!!

What I love about this band, and his bass playing definitly envokes this is how they capture all sorts of styles/influences and in everysong you can catch a little bit of each! Dixieland, country, blues, soul, funk, jazz, a tiny bit of calypso/latin. Honestly they embody everything that is great about New Orleans and the importance that city has on our musical/real culture!!!

Monkey covered (still covers) Soul Island. A relativly easy yet amazingly hard song to get down. The hard part about playing this tune is the drummer and the bassist getting it right! It took both of us so long not to play this song so "white" and straight but to play slightly behind the beat without dragging. Once we got it though! MAGIC!!!

One of my all time favorite soul/funk tunes is Cissy Strut!


The Meters are doing a reunion show fairly soon down at the hollywood Bowl. If you have the means, go!

EDIT: I updated the thread title for you, Monkeyboy.

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Postby Mike Childree » Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:29 pm

That'd be George Porter, Jr. See the photo at the top of the "Performance" forum. Dat man gots lotta fans 'round here.
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Postby shamus63 » Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:17 pm

Mike Childree wrote:That'd be George Porter, Jr. See the photo at the top of the "Performance" forum. Dat man gots lotta fans 'round here.


Thanks, Mike! I updated the thread title...I didn't know who the bass player was, either. [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Postby Monkeyboy » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:14 am

Thank you guys so much. I couldn't remember his name and it was killing me. Ironically as I type this Soul Island just started playing! HA!!!

So why are you guys fans of his? I laid out my reasons.
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Postby noahvale » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:17 am

I'm lucky to be able to see him at local clubs here. I'm hoping I don't get a gig for May 13, so I can go.
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Postby shamus63 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:56 am

Monkeyboy wrote:So why are you guys fans of his? I laid out my reasons.


I've still got to get familiar with his work, but I've heard nothing but good things about him.
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Postby noahvale » Sun May 07, 2006 6:39 pm

I just got through hearing the man drop funk bombs!
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Postby Monkeyboy » Mon May 08, 2006 7:59 am

So I finally bought some batteries (Need to get an ac adapter for it!) for my portable cd player. I hooked it into my computers subwoofer/speakers and all for lessons. Teaching a song that kind of a thing.

I played the meters Soul Island for my student last night. He caught on pretty quickly what the rythum was. He was smiling and laughing. I stopped the music, turned to him and told him to listen to the rythum. Pressed play again, let a phrase or two go by then asked him to play along. Had him stop. "You're playing it TOO straight!"

We did this back and forth for about 5 min or so. Finally I laughed. "Why are you laughing?" Because it took me about a year to ACTUALLY nail this part and not play it straight!

He claims he's going out to buy a Meters album this week. HA!!! He has seen the light!!!
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Postby noahvale » Mon May 08, 2006 8:29 am

George is the master of the space between the notes.
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Postby Monkeyboy » Fri May 12, 2006 12:45 pm

Has George played in any other band besides the Meters?! I was thinking about it, they took what a 30 year hiatus from playing as a group?! Was he recording jingles or sideman type of things during that time? Was he working with a group(s)???
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Postby noahvale » Fri May 12, 2006 3:11 pm

The Meters was originally a group of studio players. They worked at every studio in New Orleans in the 60's and are on just about all the classic New Orleans recordings from that era. George recorded lots with drummer Earl Palmer, and guitar player/singer Snooks Eaglin. Through the last couple of decades he has continued to record, notably with Tori Amos and others. His group the Runnin Pardners has been around in various forms since the early 90's. Sometimes they are just a four piece and dub themselves the Pardners. He plays and records with everybody around New Orleans all the time now. He's playing here in Baton Rouge tonight, with the Runnin Pardners, consisting of a four piece horn section, the amazing Russel Batiste on drums, guitar, and keyboard. I wish I didn't have a gig.
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Postby bigfatbass » Tue May 16, 2006 1:06 am

unfortunately light on clips of the man, the band is KILLING it with a 2 tune medly on what appears to be an ancient austin city limits.

Someybody is gonna shut down this youtube thing quick so catch these while you can!

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Re: George Porter, Jr.

Postby ghiadub » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:06 am

I was just listening to some David Byrne the other day and George was killing it.

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Re: George Porter, Jr.

Postby MickeyOne » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:39 am

GP sighting! Current Episode of TREME; playing on stage behind several regular cast members at a fundraiser for GiGi's. No close ups, of course, but the episode also included Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty and many others. If you are not watching Treme, you are missing out. The spirit of music is the main character.
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Re: George Porter, Jr.

Postby harleyyy » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:40 am

He will be touring with Tedeschi & Trucks as well.
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