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).
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays three different horns on his new album, Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes)-- the siren, the sirenette, and the reverse flugelhorn. They're horns by his own design. They are somewhat more difficult to play than the typical trumpet. They are as attuned to his style of play-- crafted, beaten and broken and lovingly bent to make music likely only he can make. They are as crafted and designed as his band, a group that has gone through a certain degree of molding over the years as well, and has been through its own loving process of craft together to make this music. They function as tools for expression, specialized as if for a surgeon forging new roads through medicine. Only this man can wield these horns, like John Henry's hammer. It's careful craft and attention to detail and design that to this same degree is the essence of Stretch Music, another in a fine line of Christian Scott albums that always seem to arrive at just the perfect times.
The crowd was already riled up by the time Christian Scott and his sextet stepped onto the stage of a packed Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill on June 28th. Scott, sporting colourful clothing and a thick gold chain around his neck, wasted no time launching into the second set of the evening.
Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah brought his octet to New Orleans at the end of this past April. The concert was recorded and recently made available to stream online. Check out the concert after the jump and head over to Funk It Blog for some more details and lots of other great audio.
You’ve likely heard us mention Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah before and you’re likely to hear us mention him again. We dig the energy and passion he puts in every single note as well as the lyricism and intensity you can find in all his compositions. Here’s your chance to watch a full set by the now established trumpeter performed last July at the Jazz des Cinq Continents Festival in Marseille, France. This performance features one of the formations aTunde Adjuah has been experimenting with, namely Braxton Cook on alto and Elena Pinderhughes on flute backed up by Lawrence Fields on ivory, Kris Funn on upright and Corey Fonville on drums. Video courtesy of Arte expires May 26th. Enjoy!