Liquid Spirit

Album Released On: Sep 17, 2013
Released By: Blue Note Records

release description

On Liquid Spirit, Porter retains the same core musicians that accompanied him on his previous two albums – pianist and music director, Chip Crawford, drummer Emanuel Harrold, bassist Aaron James, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. On a few selections, Porter complements that ensemble with trumpeter Curtis Taylor, and organist Glenn Patscha. Producer Brian Bacchus also returns, as well as arranger and associate producer Kamau Kenyatta.

Porter sees Liquid Spirit as a logical progression in his burgeoning discography as it touches on some of the same themes, particularly the highs and lows of romance, his childhood, and socio-political observations. More pointedly, he views the title-track, a rousing, hand-clapping gospel-jazz romp, dealing with replenishing “thirsty” listeners with more substantial music, as the flipside to last year’s “Bling Bling,” a blistering song on his previous album Be Good on which the protagonist had so many artistic gifts to give but no one to give them to. Similar sentiments occur on “Musical Genocide,” on which Crawford hammers a dark rhythmic figure against James’ bluesy bass accompaniment as Porter declares his refusal of accepting the insistent squashing of quality, diverse music and culture by a mainstream in favor of disposable, homogenized pap.

In part, these songs are based upon Porter’s reflections on new fans, worldwide, who come to him saying, “Where have you been?” or “How come I’ve never heard you before.” “Not saying that I am ‘what is,’ Porter says, “But I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it.”

Upcoming Tour Dates
9/20/13 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA | Info
9/21/13 - Johnson’s Beach & Resort - Guerneville, California | Info
9/22/13 - Yoshi's Oakland - OAKLAND, CA | Info
9/25/13 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA | Info
9/28/13 - Ferst Center, Georgia Tech. - Atlanta, GA | Info
10/24/13 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, New York | Info
10/25/13 - SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER - Miami, Florida | Info
10/26/13 - Littlefield - New York, New York | Info
10/27/13 - Shea Center for Performing Arts - Wayne, New Jersey | Info
11/1/13 - Storer Auditorium, Onondaga Community - Syracuse, NY | Info
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2/15/14 - Symphony Center - Chicago, IL | Info