Since Be Good's February release, the CD has drawn critical raves from the likes of Soul Tracks, who declared, 'Porter fuses jazz and soul better than anybody working these days... We are only one month into 2012 and we may have already heard the album of the year. Very Highly Recommended.' The site also ranked Be Good as the #1 CD, based on Amazon sales, for February, the month of its release.
In its four and a half star review of Be Good, Downbeat stated, "In addition to Porter's superb songs-many of which have the potential to be this century's new jazz standards-Be Good comes alive because of the accord he ignites with his band members...Be Good signals the arrival of a great jazz artist with long range staying power. A major jazz talent... A must-have disc." With high praise such as that, it's no wonder that Porter scored the #4 spot in the 2012 Downbeat Readers Poll.
The year also found Porter gracing the cover of numerous magazines, including Jazz Inside, and France's Jazz Magazine and L'Express, which lauded him as 'the next great voice in Jazz.' In its recent cover feature, the UK's Jazz Wise Magazine, extolled his talents, stating, "On Be Good, Porter has crafted a work that not only meets, but seems to be primed to surpass, the heightened expectations of the jazz and soul audiences eagerly awaiting his follow up to Water. Featuring Porter's winning combination of 'outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for.'
Porter was also profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Jazz Times and the UK's Echoes and Blues and Soul, and the album was reviewed by some 50 online and print outlets around the world, including the Huffington Post, BBC Music Magazine, The London Times, The Guardian, and the Irish Times.