Former Winton Marsalis student Charlie Porter on his second album as leader, hits the target perfectly. With this project, "Immigration Nation", the trumpeter of Florida pays homage to the United States as a welcoming land. The music Americana is a fusion of styles and characters to which different populations have contributed who, especially from the mid-1800s until the early 1900s, sought possibilities in the New World. The project is built in two parts: Leaving Home and New Beginnings, two very specific subdivisions: in the first Porter investigates traditional jazz, in the second it seems to introduce sounds from other countries. The territory in which you are
moves the trumpeter is a well-made hard-bop that is reviewed in the second part.
To reward is the compositional beauty of the melodies and the perfect harmony between the musicians. The they accompany Nick Biello on tenor saxophone, Oscar Perez on piano, David Wong on double bass, Kenneth Salters on drums and Sabine Kabongo on vocals. The clean stamp e the great frankness are Porter's weapons, supported by an excellent combination of saxophone and piano. Divergent Paths opens with a beautiful theme and proceeds with Biello that launches into a saxophone solo, there is perfect control in every nuance. Flight, fast and muscular track with remarkable swing summarizes the other character of the first part of the album. The Privileged Few opens the second part of the album, plus song complex in structure, polyphonies, complex times, atmospheres change quickly: jazz opens up to influences from other countries. Chant closes with a chorus of unsettling voices and impressive. A solid and well-made project that questions the origins of jazz.
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