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.
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.
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.