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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Centennial Trilogy: Diaspora'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Diaspora, the second album of trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy of albums he's releasing this year, is softer than its predecessor, Ruler Rebel. It's warmer, more somber, more spacey a collection of songs, as if these songs and the extra time between notes, a less is more approach here, is meant to depict the actual African Diaspora, a dispersal of sounds as much as a people. Nevertheless, it's a more chill kind of album, if the dynamic Ruler Rebel is a textured shot of mescal, Diaspora is the perfectly made michelada that follows it, and you're going to want to have a couple more micheladas.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - "The Walk" feat. Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The publicity cycle is starting up again for Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah as he prepares to release the second album of his Centennial Trilogy this year, Diaspora, on June 23rd on Ropeadope Records. In fact, he just dropped the hypnotic new single, "The Walk", featuring Sarah Elizabeth Charles' vocals playing the repetitive mantra role again, Elena Pinderhughes' flute floating away, Lawrence Fields' piano looping like he's embodying a frightening John Carpenter Score, and our many CSaA constructing the whole thing and bringing it home. The closer to Diaspora is a dope track you should totally check out after the jump, and then work on pre-ordering the album just a bit further down from there.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Ruler Rebel'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Since time perpetually moves forward, all movement is technically forward movement. Everything is a form of progression. Experience gives texture to signature, though the elements of signature -- those attributes that define the outward expression of persona -- remain fundamentally intact because the everlasting battle of nature versus nurture will always end up in some sort of tie. When hearing Ruler Rebel, the first of three albums trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah will release this year as part of his Centennial Trilogy, in the context of his body of work, it's apparent that this is the perfect example of the progression of his signature sound.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at the Jazz des Cinq Continents Festival (Full Concert Video)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah debuted a new project last night at Harlem Stage in NYC with a repeat performance tonight, the shows both sold out. The melding of Stretch Music and Trap Music has us melting at the awesomeness. But if you’re like us, you probably can’t make it to NYC in time. So if you’re still down to catch a Christian Scott gig tonight from the comfort of your own home, check out this full concert from this Summer’s Jazz des Cinq Continents Festival in France. Featuring Elena Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, Lawrence Fields, Kris Funn and Corey Fonville.

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Christian Scott Live from Berklee on The Checkout Live

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Seb and I were in New York City last weekend to catch Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Harlem Stage shows in support of his new album on Ropeadope, Stretch Music, among other experiences we had in the jazz mecca. It's always a fun time hanging with this band and immersing ourselves in this music. While I personally work through my experiences of those four days in Manhattan to present it to you all, WBGO captured the group live at the Berklee College of Music for an episode of The Checkout Live. Check out the hour video of the band after the jump (and get ready for our account of the hang and other details some time next week).