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2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 29-July 9, 2016 When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just offsite (literally down the block)--so many that I didn't get inside all of them in three nights of concerts. There's simply no way that ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2016

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25-26, 2016 Plenty of fine music was presented at the 2016 version of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival by musicians young, old and in between. On piano, for instance, it ranged from Joey Alexander, who turned 13 on the day he performed, to Chick Corea, who turned 75 two weeks before he performed. But special kudos for the weekend ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

CATCHING UP WITH

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 ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Christian Scott: aTunde Adjuah

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In 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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

INTERVIEWS

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 ...

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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.