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Christian Scott at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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Charlie Parker Jazz FestivalNew York, NYAugust 25, 2013During a warm afternoon at Tompkins Square Park, trumpeter Christian Scott brought his sextet for a short set that featured many of the band leader's influences and sonic textures, starting with a very contemporary up-tempo groove that showcased his dexterity--he often distanced himself from the microphone for effect, allowing his instrument's sound to be picked up by the microphones intended for the drums or the alto sax, which resulted in a more stereophonic auditory experience. He followed that with a 6/8 tempo tune based around guitarist Matt Stevens's bass-like line.

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Christian Scott: Clifford Brown, The Beginning of the End

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I choose a Clifford Brown album called The Beginning and the End (Columbia, 1973). It chronicles this guy's experience from the beginning of his musical career until a recording the day before he actually died. It's strange, because when I first got the record I didn't really know what the record was about or why they put it together. I just remember hearing this amazing trumpeter and trying to mimic his version of 'Donna Lee,' and I can remember at the end of the song hear him speak to the audience--and even as a little kid feeling that ...

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Ninety Miles: Boulder, CO, January 17, 2013

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Ninety MilesMacky AuditoriumBoulder, COJanuary 17, 2013Cuba has long held an allure for jazz musicians. The sounds and particularly the rhythms emanating from that country have influenced jazz nearly from the beginning. From early in the 20th Century, the Latin tinge, as Jelly Roll Morton called it, has seasoned the jazz sound. By the 1940s, through the work of musicians like Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, Afro Cuban jazz became an important part of the music. For nearly a century, American jazz musicians have been incorporating the sound of Cuba into American jazz. The ...

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Christian Scott: Shining a Light

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Trumpeter/bandleader Christian Scott's aTunde Adjuah (Concord, 2012), like its immediate predecessor, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord, 2010), delivers on two fronts. Musically, it retains what is precious in the jazz tradition, while drawing in ideas from hip hop, rock, funk, ambient and Afrorock. Extra-musically, it reaffirms jazz as protest music.Born and brought up in New Orleans, Scott has lived in New York City since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2003. In New Orleans, he was taught to play jazz by musicians “who were literally the children of the architects of the music." One of things ...

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Christian Scott: aTunde Adjuah

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Christian ScottaTunde AdjuahConcord Records2012In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of trumpeter Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia), saxophonist John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), pianist Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and saxophonist Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), you could say Balliett was stating the obvious.Five decades on, ...

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Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

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On paper, Ninety Miles was a tantalizing project from the beginning; bringing together three of the most exciting voices in modern jazz--Puerto Rican-born tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, and New York vibraphonist Stefon Harris-- and transport them to Havana to play with two outstanding, piano-led Cuban jazz quartets. The American red tape took a year to negotiate--which shows a dogged determination of sorts on all sides--but the musical connection that resulted was clearly instant, judging by the exhilarating septet interplay and inescapable grooves captured here. Pianists Rember Duharte and Harold López-Nussa each contribute ...

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Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

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They're all relative youngsters in a jazz world that still finds nonagenarians like Dave Brubeck hitting the summer festival circuit. Tenor saxophonist David Sánchez may be the elder statesman on the marquis of Ninety Miles, with vibraphonist Stefon Harris in the middle position at 38 and trumpeter Christian Scott still on the shy side of 30, but each of them has already made his mark, making this an all-star in-the-making American/Cuban collaboration on an upward trajectory. Scott's visibility has been soaring, with an album almost every year since Rewind That (Concord, 2006), and delivering incendiary live performances ...

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Christian Scott Quintet, Live at the Saville Theater, San Diego, CA

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Christian Scott Quintet Saville Theater (San Diego City College) San Diego, CA April 13, 2010

I believe it was the English writer/contrarian George Bernard Shaw who first coined the phrase: “Youth is wasted on the young." Anybody buying into that cliché was soon set straight--provided they were fortunate enough to be among the standing-room-only-crowd who witnessed this performance. Twenty seven year old trumpeter Christian Scott last appeared in San Diego as a guest of McCoy Tyner, and has already graced the cover of Downbeat magazine. I believe the McCoy invitation probably speaks louder than ...

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Christian Scott: Breaking Boundaries, Crossing Lines

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Christian Scott is lounging on a black leather couch, easy and relaxed before taking to the stage at a Moscow jazz club. The cold, gloomy Russian capital hosted the New Orleans trumpeter's quintet for a trio of gigs in February 2009--including a show at the US ambassador's cushy residence, in front of an elite audience of officials and dignitaries.

Diplomatic functions do not represent a major part of the group's touring schedule. Maybe Scott was a slightly surprising choice for such an event: on the same evening, it was Russian saxophonist Igor Butman's tight big band which produced a sound ...

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Christian Scott: Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

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Trumpeter Christian Scott started raising expectations in 2006, with Rewind That (Concord), and hit the spot again in 2007 and 2008. Those earlier promises of greatness are clinched by Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. Scott's fourth Concord album is a gym-ripped amalgam of edgy jazz, hip hop and rock rhythms, off-kilter ostinatos, intimate rhapsodies and full-on passions, all welded together by the New Orleans-born player's alternately caressing and searing horn, and by his most tightly focused band to date.

Scott's very modern approach to jazz gains added weight from the album's close embrace of the stylists of the mid- ...

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Christian Scott: Live at Newport

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Christian Scott Live at Newport Concord Music Group 2008

Creativity is most often found outside the boundaries of established tradition. It's while looking outside of those traditional boundaries that an artist frequently finds his or her own voice. In two previous releases, Rewind That (Concord, 2006) and Anthem (Concord, 2007), trumpeter Christian Scott has attempted to do just that. While paying homage to the past, he certainly had his eyes fixed on discovering his own voice; a voice that he would likely describe in terms that while paying respect to tradition certainly would reflect ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2008: Days 9-11

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Cassandra Wilson/Christian Scott Sextet James Carter Quintet/Jean Vanasse and Miroslav Vitous Mory Kanté Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Quebec, Canada July 4-6, 2008

With the demise of one of Montreal's most famous clubs, Le Spectrum, the 29th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal utilized the nearby Place des Arts more considerably. Specfically, the 765 capacity Théâtre Jean- Duceppe was used more extensively to house shows that used to play in the 900-seat, ...

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Christian Scott: Anthem

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Two years have passed since the city of New Orleans was irrevocably changed by Hurricane Katrina, but the horrific images of death and devastation wrought by the lethal combination of natural disaster and political ineptitude remain firmly fixed in the minds of many Americans, especially those with roots in the Crescent City. A gifted musician born and raised in New Orleans, Christian Scott has released a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs inspired by the spirit and struggles of his hometown, as well as changes in his personal life. If Scott's primary aim was to capture the complexity of human emotions ...

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Christian Scott: Rewind That

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He may only be in his early twenties, but trumpeter Christian Scott is that rarity in the jazz world: a player who possesses the potential for massive appeal while representing no artistic compromise. Don't let the fact that his debut, Rewind That, was nominated for a Grammy scare you off. This is an artist who is not only a remarkably mature player and writer, but one who has his fingers in a variety of styles while never sounding anything less than completely focused.

While an artist of his youthful vintage will, no doubt, be affected by contemporary grooves and hopefully ...



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