Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, ... These are the big names with whom West Coast jazz musician and trombone player Ryan Porter has worked these last decades. Ryan Porter has spread his craft to the masses for decades, included on critically acclaimed albums such as the Original Netflix Series soundtrack for The Get Down, Push The Sky Away from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Epic LP and Truth EP from Kamasi Washington, To Pimp A Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
2018 is the year of his new album, The Optimist, ushering in an instrumental body of work that encompasses the respite of Los Angeles jazz music. The Optimist is a mirror of the inspiration and energetic reprise President Obama provided Ryan and millions of others with his election, adding a sonic memory point to one of the most important transitions the United States has taken politically.