Celebrating the release of "The Optimist" on vinyl, Ryan Porter (trombone) along with Cameron Graves (keys), Miles Mosley (bass), and Tony Austin (drums) play a live set and sign copies of the album at Amoeba Hollywood and show you how L.A. modern jazz is done!
“ ... West Coast Get Down — that crew of enterprising young Los Angeles jazz musicians that includes Thundercat and Kamasi Washington, and has been playing together since the early 2000s — the trombonist Ryan Porter’s forthcoming album is an enviable document. Mr. Porter, a prodigious improviser and an integral part of Mr. Washington’s touring band, recorded "The Optimist" between 2008 and ’09, joined by 11 fellow up-and-comers in Mr. Washington’s parents’ basement. A full helping of lively crossover material and thoroughgoing spiritual jazz...” - NY Times
West Coast Get Down's Ryan Porter's 2CD / 3LP set "The Optimist" on World Galaxy, ushers in an instrumental body of work that encompasses the respite of Los Angeles jazz music. "The Optimist" pulls together veterans of the LA music scene, including West Coast Get Down alumni Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone), Miles Mosley (upright bass), Cameron Graves (piano, fender rhodes), Tony Austin (drums), Jumaane Smith (trumpet), Edward Livingston (upright bass), Aaron Haggerty (drums), Brandon Coleman (fender rhodes), Dominic Therioux (electric bass), Robert Miller (drums), and Lyndon Rochelle (drums).
"The Optimist" was recorded at Kamasi's parents house between 2008 and 2009, captured inside a small tiny basement area their crew called "The Shack." This was before "The Epic" catapulted the group into the highest stratospheres of jazz music and feature associations started to populate through the world of Kendrick Lamar. Ryan Porter and The West Coast Get were just as active through this era, carving out weekly shows through local jazz clubs and touring with some of the biggest names on the circuit.
Every person featured on "The Optimist" were fully committed to the execution of decade defining jazz music, charging through the 21st century with the hopes of finding the platform that would elevate their music to the masses. This would unfold in ways nobody could have predicted, ushering in a transition of optimism and hope, to that of success and proven longevity. This is a mirror of the inspiration and energetic reprise President Obama provided Ryan and millions of others at the time, adding a sonic memory point to one of the most important transitions the United States has taken politically.
Ryan Porter has spread his craft to the masses for decades, included on critically acclaimed albums such as the Original Netflix Series soundtrack "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. "The Optimist" represents these albums and the incubation period that's continually reverberated through his career, seasoned with the brilliance these individuals build on as a unified musical cell. "The Optimist" was executed with the same fire, passion, and technicality the group carries with them on stage and through every album since, serving as an important foundation piece to the legacy and story of LA's most revered jazz collective, the West Coast Get Down.