The Motet keyboard wizard Joey Porter recently formed a new trio alongside Motet bandmate and bassist Garrett Sayers and drummer Mikey Carubba (Turkuaz). Joey Porter Trio recently released a jazz fusion track “Many Faces” via Eddie Roberts’ new record label and multi-media platform Color Red, channeling their inner Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, and Billy Cobham on the groovy new tune.

With Carubba’s recent relocation to Denver, it presented a perfect opportunity for Porter to start a new side-project, where he’s able to create and compose long-form fusion tunes. Using Eddie Roberts’ new Color Red as an outlet to release and compose new music was a perfect fit for Joey Porter Trio, alongside engineer and producer, as well as Sunsquabi bassist, Josh Fairman.

On the new track “Many Faces”, it is evident from the get-go that Joey Porter is using this new outlet for creative concepts and sounds he is unable to focus on with The Motet. “Many Faces” opens up with a solid backbeat laid down by Carubba and Sayers, followed by Porter joining in on a whirly-sounding synth. With Sayers flexing and laying down some intricate work on the bass, Porter hops around between different keyboards and effects, intertwining a saga of events through various sonic textures. A slight sense of mystery and eeriness is balanced by the rhythm sections infectious interplay, with Porter confidently connecting the dots as “Many Faces” fades out.

Joey Porter Trio – “Many Faces”

Colorado’s groove-centric funk act The Motet recently announced their first batch of 2019 tour dates. The Denver, CO seven-piece consisting of Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (sax) and Parris Fleming (trumpet) will bring their infectious live show across the country throughout January, February, and March, teaming up with GalacticJohn Medeski’s Mad Skillet, and more along the way.

The Motet and Galactic will also join forces at their recently announced co-headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre show, which will feature support from Moon Hooch. With this year’s lineup, fans will get to enjoy a geographical funk cocktail—an appetizing mix of The Motet’s Colorado funk, Galactic’s New Orleans sound, and Moon Hooch’s NYC subway grooves.

For a full list of The Motet’s upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website here.