Los Angeles-based trombonist and composer Ryan Porter has released a monumental new jazz album titled Force For Good. With 11 tracks and at 84 minutes in length, this is an extensive and dense listen, but with instrumentation and a whole lot of eclectic, dynamic moments that had me in awe.
From the get go, the track “Madiba”is wonderful, with soft but intricate drumming and a trombone melody that sounds groovy, with a lot of personality. A lot of the tracks really do feel emotive and incredibly passionate, from the keys on “Maggie” to the funky tone of “World on Wheels,” featuring none other than Thundercat on bass. Speaking of collaborators, Kamasi Washington is on sax, Brandon Coleman is on piano and Fender Rhodes, Cameron Graves is on piano & Fender Rhodes, Miles Mosley is on acoustic bass, Thundercat is on electric bass and Tony Austin is on drums. This is contemporary jazz royalty, and you really feel the aura and energy oozing out of these compositions. The Fender Rhodes on “Oscalypso” is just stellar, with the trombone contributing to the melody, as well as the hypnotic drumming in the background. The intense energy on “People Talk” ends the album out beautifully, with intense compositions that bring so much eclectic energy and emotion. Overall this album does not disappoint, with many more moments throughout that make my jaw drop from all the beautiful melodies and compositions.
Listen to Ryan Porter’s incredible new album Force For Good below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via World Galaxy Records.