Last night I was doing my routine YouTube check to see if there are any new videos of my favorite Nextbop artists. I found a cool Thundercat solo clip, as well as a few short clips of Ambrose Akinmusire. Those were great, but still kind of short (I have this thing where I don’t really like a clip unless it’s the entire thing) and the quality was, well, typical YouTube quality. I did, however, hit the jackpot when doing a search for new stuff from Christian Scott. I found a full set of the Christian Scott Quintet at the North Sea Jazz Club recorded a couple weeks ago on November 10th. Not only was it six songs, but the quality was awesome. So for all you out there who don’t have a way to go hear Christian’s prowess and versatility, here it is. Enjoy.
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Ninety Miles (aka David Sanchez, Stefon Harris and Christian Scott) have a new album out now exclusively on iTunes!! 'Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco' was recorded May 18, 2010 at Cubadisco, one of the biggest music festivals in Cuba, at Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana, with the help of some highly talented Cuban musicians -- pianists Harold López-Nussa and Rember Duharte, each leading their own quartets. This seven-song live set further explores the chemistry of Ninety Miles and takes their virtuosity to another level as musicians from different cultures converse in a common language that transcends words. Check out a video from the album below the jump and go cop your copy today on iTunes!!
For some reason, I was late to finding Christian Scott's YouTube page until now. Lately, he's been recording some of the performances from his current European tour. The Flip cam (RIP, Flip Video) recordings are good quality for such a handheld device and considering these videos are from Scott himself, they capture a certain intimacy that your standard holding a cell phone up at a show just doesn't seem to grasp. These are great videos to watch when you're not completely exhausting the current one week NPR stream of Christian aTunde Adjuah and you're waiting for the album to get here next week now that you've preordered it.
First off, for those not in the know, Christian Scott is one of the standard bearers for jazz right now. His albums can consistently be described as “jazz and...”, cementing this new era of fusion in which we find ourselves. So of course NPR is going to be streaming his latest offering, Christian aTunde Adjuah, before its July 31st release. Hopefully those of you with the means will give a hard listen and decide for yourselves if it’s worth a more consistent listening. And if it’s worth patronizing NPR a bit more than you already do.