by Charlie Porter

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Eric Wayne "Tipping Point," DAMN! Seriously Charlie, that track just blew me away! Then the rest of the album was so well produced and hit me in all the right places... and all that during the pandemic! It's been a loooong year. I've only released one this last year. Bravo!
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Hindsight 07:00
Lyrics by Majid Khaliq: Piece by piece things fall apart, they crumble. From far and wide they look and see we stumble. Our lives monetized, this land don't treasure humble. The banner's waving, still our blood pours. The needless deaths that seem to fade as fast as they are slain in vain, darkness paves the way. The hopes to save our sanity, our skin can never change, no shame, let us stand together! Piece by piece things fall apart, they crumble. From far and wide, they look and see more trouble.
Requiem 07:37
Lyrics by Madelaina Piazza: Forty pounds worn like a crown daily Many gallons she brought to her home About four miles risking her body. There's no choice. Brought to her knees. Day zero's very near. What to do. How can we let this go on so long.
Going Viral 05:55
For Ellis 04:18


Not a stranger to the idea of infusing one's art with examinations of societal conditions, Grammy-winning trumpeter Charlie Porter follows 2019's 'Immigration Nation' with thoughts of how we act in hindsight to deal with the collateral damage of 'progress' and the centuries-old struggles with racism, inequality and corruption. Born during the upheavals of 2020, 'Hindsight' reflects the tumult, uncertainty, and fiery emotions of the times, yet with the recent birth of his son and thoughts of how we're going to leave the planet for the next generation, his 'For Ellis' closes the album with a gospel choir and a hymn of hope. Joining Porter on the wide-ranging set of originals are saxophonist Nick Biello, pianist Orrin Evans, guitarist Mike Moreno, bassists David Wong & Damian Erskine, Behn Gillece on vibes, drummer Kenneth Salters, along with several guest performers.

'Porter's playing is fluid, expressive, and magnificent. ' - DOWNBEAT

"...one of the most brilliant and imaginative contemporary composers of mainstream jazz...stimulating and emotive original music with a rare blend of sophistication and organic spontaneity." - Chicago Jazz Magazine


released February 19, 2021

Orrin Evans - piano & keys
Mike Moreno - guitar
Nick Biello - alto & soprano saxohpones
David Wong - upright bazz
Damian Erskine - electric bass
Behn Gillece - vibes
Kenneth Salters - drums
Jimmie Herrod - vocals
Rasheed Jamal - rap vocals
Majid Khaliq - violin
Bassekou Kouyate - ngoni
Mahamadou Tounkara - tama

Original cover art by Mark Kostabi


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Charlie Porter Portland, Oregon

Internationally acclaimed GRAMMY Award Winning trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter first cut his teeth on the New York jazz scene, while simultaneously studying classical trumpet performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. ... more

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