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

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

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

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

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

Read "Christian Scott at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

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

Read "Christian Scott: Clifford Brown, The Beginning of the End" reviewed by William Ellis

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 ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Christian Scott: Shining a Light

Read "Christian Scott: Shining a Light" reviewed by Chris May

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

Read "Christian Scott: aTunde Adjuah" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...

LIVE REVIEWS

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

Read "Christian Scott Quintet, Live at the Saville Theater, San Diego, CA" reviewed by Robert Bush

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

Read "Christian Scott: Breaking Boundaries, Crossing Lines" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Scott: Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Read "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow" reviewed by Chris May

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.

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Christian Scott: Live at Newport

Read "Christian Scott: Live at Newport" reviewed by Tod Smith

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 ...

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

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2008: Days 9-11" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-5 | Days 6-8 | Days 9-11Cassandra 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 ...

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Christian Scott: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by C.N. Harold

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, ...