Ol' Man River
'For me, Porter has a poetic quality to his writig and playing in which I can envision stories in sound.' - Marty Cook 'Hearing Christian Grabandt means not only to be listening to a friend, but to a wonderful jazz musician whom I honor deeply!' - Thomas Quasthoff Liner Notes I first met Larry Porter in Berlin at the longest jam session ever - 7days round the clock, intended to help the victims of the 2004 tsunami. Until then I only knew of Larry for being a genius pianist/composer who amongst many others toured with Chet Baker for two years and has been composing for the French horn players of the Berliner Philharmoniker. After having played another gig with Larry, I knew that I had found the person to record a duo CD with! I just had to pick the tunes....The selection of pieces presented here are beautiful, humorous or soulful and each have a special meaning to me. I want to thank Amy for her never ending support for my cause, Larry for his music, energy, focus and great ears in the mixing and mastering process! Hartmut and Uta for dogsitting Tzaziki on the recording day, all my neighbors who really didn´t mow their lawns on the 7th of June, Scott for the wonderful cover photo of the Mississippi river, Johannes for his endless mixing, as well as Daniel, Josh, Philipp and Christophorus Goecke. Larry and I play this music from our hearts and hope it reaches yours. Have we achieved that, we would be happy to measure our sucess by it. Thank you! Christian Grabandt.