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Anthem

Christian ScottAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000SNUNWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

If such an award were given to a first-time leader in the jazz league, trumpeter Christian Scott would have hands-down scored Rookie of the Year honors for his superb Grammy nominated debut, Rewind That. A year older and a year wiser, the 24-year-old Scott returns with his remarkable sophomore disc for Concord, Anthem. It's a powerful collection of 12 pieces teeming with jazz, indie rock, neo-soul and hip-hop sensibilities. While the tunes are partially informed by the New Orleans native's ruminations on the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, Scott hastens to note that Anthem also reflects the many changes he's gone through in the past year, ranging from his romantic life to his maturation as an artist. "My life changed completely," he says. "So, the compositions on Anthem aren't just about one thing. They're about all kinds of things, while they definitely have some political undertones. But, one thing is certain. The house I grew up in is gone. There's no home in the Ninth Ward."

Like Rewind That, Anthem doesn't adhere to the swing-and-blues rules of straight-ahead jazz. As he told DownBeat last year, "Ninety-nine percent of the time, [jazz] musicians come out swinging. But why bother? It's not that I can't swing. I can, and I love it, but what I'm doing does not have to sound like what other people want me to sound like." On Anthem, Marcus Gilmore's drums often connect with a neo-soul, hip-hop groove; pianist Aaron Parks, who also mans a Fender Rhodes and synths, and electric guitarist Matt Stevens play with rock music in their veins; and the funky finale track, "Anthem (Post Diluvial Adaptation," features the rapping of X-Clan's Brother J and righteous-anger trumpeting by the leader.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He deserves more press November 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Christian Scott is quite the talent. Anthem, the follow up to his debut, Rewind That, finds Christian expanding upon his distinct sound with a maturity not often found in young musicians.

Christian Scott is exciting to listen to because there is no one that sounds quite like him. Anthem, while certainly a jazz album, incorporates many different styles of music and amazingly it all fits and flows together as one work.

New Orleans is Christian's home town and it should be noted that this album was written in response to Hurricane Katrina. The album is emotive, and it truly does sound like one long elegy to the New Orleans that existed prior to the summer of 2005. The fact that a young man is able to express tragedy through the medium of jazz music with such poignancy shows that Christian Scott is a special musician.

I recommend anyone reading this review buy Anthem. It isn't a five star album but it is a very good album that deserves the listener's patience. If anything, buy it and its predecessor just so you can experience the evolution of one of music's brightest hopes.

I look forward to more releases by Christian Scott in the future. I hope Christian continues to experiment with his sound and expand his musical horizons. This is one trumpeter I can see carrying Miles Davis' torch and this statement should not be taken lightly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This CD stands out from the average jazz disc, because the band plays a lot like a rock band. The typical song (they all have the same 'sound', except for one which dips into smooth jazz territory) is midtempo, with the drummer hitting the snare on the 2 and 4 (like a rock or R&B drummer). The keyboardist plays a minor key melody, but in a rock style, playing sequential eighth notes. The bass player plays a funky bassline. That sets things up for Christian Scott, who plays a lot of slow moody trumpet on this CD. His trumpet playing is also minimalistic, it's reminiscent of late Miles, but with a stronger tone. I've probably done the equivalent of describing a birthday cake by talking about flour, butter, and whatnot, but it all comes together. The songs on Anthem are about Katrina and violence, and he keeps it consistant -- there's no Lee Morgan hard bop soloing over a walking bassline. This is a very good CD, and it's certainly unique. Mr. Scott walks the tightrope between good-simple and blah-smooth-simple very well. In addition, the final rap song ties together jazz and the spoken word better than Mingus was able to do (though if Mingus hooked up with a time-travelling rapper in 1959 - look out). Anyone who likes jazz with rock song forms should get this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Distorted August 2, 2010
By Zach F.
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I love the music, too bad the heavy distortion of the bass guitar and bass drum ruins the recording. If you have sensitive ears and good listening equipment, the recording quality will annoy you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars relaxing music July 3, 2013
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I really have enjoyed listening to this CD. very nice for a time of just taking it easy. its my go to CD when i just want something relaxing to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful! April 22, 2013
By Xailen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Christian throws it down hard. Jazz lives on in his modern and soulful performance. His music effortlessly embodies a sort of neo-soul groove. Easy to listen to for those looking for a contemporary sound, but no where near as predictable or flavorless as smooth jazz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anthem March 23, 2011
By Ms. 90
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There's a word minimum for leaving a review, but I don't have many words to say about this artist and this album other than, "YOU BETTER WORK, CHRISTIAN!" 4 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry it took my so long to buy this November 29, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Man, I am sorry it took me so long to get up on this CD from my man Christian Scott. This is a classic CD and should be in every jazz aficionado's collection.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2007 Jazz Album of the Year!!! February 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Without question, this record should be the top Contemporary Jazz album of 2007, if not the top Jazz album of 2007. An incredible, powerful and moving effort by Scott that makes his solid rookie effort, "Rewind That", seem ordinary. That effort was a good listen - particularly for a first album. But try "Anthem" and be moved by what Jazz "iz" today. You will be moved and wonderfully entertained all at once with this terrific cd.
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