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Trumpet Master Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Looking Forward

Read "Trumpet Master Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Looking Forward" reviewed by Russell Perry


Since he began recording at nineteen, now thirty-eight year old Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah has been developing one of the most distinguishable trumpet sounds in jazz. A nephew of alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., he is graduate of the storied New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and then Berklee College of Music giving him one of the most distinguished set of credentials in the music. Through incorporating elements of hip hop, rock, ambient, funk, and Afrorock he has been celebrated ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom

Read "Axiom" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


As evidenced here, those in attendance for Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah's 2020 engagement at New York's Blue Note from March 11-15 witnessed what turned out to be some of the most powerful performances of this restricted musical year, just before everyday life changed for most people on the planet. The record is dedicated to the victims of Corona-19. This exceptional concert compilation could well be the first of “jazz's" present day, classic live albums released during the pandemic ...

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Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4

Read "Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As our series dedicated to the amazing music that has come out of the struggle for the advancement of African-Americans, we span from tunes inspired by the march on Selma, or dedicated to the many victims of racially motivated brutality. Listen to deep set featuring old masters like Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, current giants like Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jason Moran and Wynton Marsalis and stars of the future like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Logan Richardson, Kris Bowers and Keyon Harrold. ...

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A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019 South Park II Sofia, Bulgaria July 5-7, 2019 Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes held sway, was an uplifting sight. That people came in such numbers was chiefly due to the fact that A to JazZ ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Live at Bandcamp Oakland, CA June 27, 2019 While his band played “Songs She Never Heard," a piece from his 2019 album Ancestral Recall, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah paced across the stage, shaking a steady groove on his tambourine. When he stopped to lean over pianist Lawrence Fields, Fields looked over his shoulder and smiled back at him. Then Scott ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


It's rare to see Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's name without some derivation of “architect" affixed to it. It's appropriate. The New Orleans trumpeter and composer—like his peers Kamasi Washington and Ambrose Akinmusire—is part of a wave of jazz musicians determined to keep the genre's momentum moving forward. Adjuah's Ancestral Recall seeks to dismiss notions of identity-based music, with a more inclusive form. As if to demonstrate comprehensiveness, Adjuah opens the collection with a very busy “Her Arrival." Featuring ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation. He defines current endeavors as “a map to de-colonialize sound, to challenge previously held misconceptions about some cultures of music" and applies a self-described “stretch" concept of examination and experimentation to what ...


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