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Edison Award winning trumpeter-composer-producer-bandleader Christian Scott stands tall among a handful of talented young jazz artists who are expanding their artistic vision beyond the strict confines of the genre’s tradition. Throughout his career, Scott has been an intrepid explorer, from his Grammy nominated debut Rewind That to his genre stretching last album Yesterday You Said ... Read more in Amazon's Christian Scott Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B007VP6Z1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fatima Aisha Rokero 400
2. New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)
3. Kuro Shinobi (Interlude)
4. Who They Wish I Was
5. Pyrrhic Victory of aTunde Adjuah
6. Spy Boy / Flag Boy
7. vs. the Kleptocratic Union (Ms. McDowell's Crime)
8. Kiel
9. Of Fire (Les Filles de la Nouvelle Orleans)
10. Dred Scott
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Berlin Patient (CCR5)
2. Jihad Joe
3. Van Gogh (Interlude)
4. Liar Liar
5. I Do
6. Alkebu Lan
7. Bartlett
8. When Marissa Stands Her Ground
9. Cumulonimbus (Interlude)
10. Away (Anuradha & the Maiti Nepal)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Edison Award winning trumpeter-composer-producer-bandleader Christian Scott releases his compelling new album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is an inspired and provocative two-disc, 23-track collection. With the artist s trumpet at the heart of most of the tunes, the album features reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes, guitar-edged and rock-inflected cookers, trumpet ecstasies as well as clarion calls and anguished wails.

An intrepid explorer, Scott ups the ante on his new double album Christian aTunde Adjuah, continuing to delve into uncharted jazz territory. Scott s band consists of guitarist Matthew Stevens, drummer Jamire Williams, bassist Kris Funn and pianist Lawrence Fields (whose piano sound is often spiced for effect by using paper on the instrument s strings). Scott also recruited guests tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III, alto saxophonist Louis Fouche IIII, and trombonist Corey King.

Christian aTunde Adjuah is arguably the most personal project to date for the young artist, reflected in the album title, Christian aTunde Adjuah-- the artist s new name, and the album cover -- a photo of the Scott in the traditional attire of his culture the Black Indians of New Orleans.

Scott says, The album cover is a self-portrait, a two-tiered depiction of me in the ceremonial regalia of the Afro-Native American Culture of New Orleans-- colloquially known as Black Indians or Mardi Gras Indians. The photo represents the same general idea that the record does. It's about the willingness to forge new paths and to seek new terrain while excavating one s own past as a means of gaining a better contextual understanding of that path. Scott explains, "The cover. The album. Everything represents the completion of my name. I am Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. The addition of the names aTunde and Adjuah comes from two cities in the West African nation of Benin, which is present day Ghana. It s just a way for me to tell the world that I accept all of my past and am willing to explore it. So in a sense, I haven't changed my name. I ve completed it to reflect another part of my ancestry and lineage-- the part before Scott.

A tour de force masterwork, Christian aTunde Adjuah opens a wide window on Scott s present as well as his past (especially in reaction to the jazz trads complaining about his breaking free from the jazz standard) and his auspicious creative future. In his liners, Scott writes that the listener will hear on the album a stretching of jazz, not a replacement. That is what I hope younger people will be able to take away from it as well the idea that innovation should never be regarded as a problem in artistic practice, that one should always be aware of what has come before, and finally, that criticisms shouldn t evoke paralysis, [but] should inspire action.

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Scott is great as usual on his instrument.
Lark
Lastly, the music....There are certain jazz albums in history that as soon as you heard them, you knew a "classic" had been created.
D. Alder
I can't get enough of JIHAD JOE - this alone, is worth the purchase.
Ernest Andrades

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dragoneer on December 1, 2012
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Let's start with some calibration statements: Miles Davis and Don Cherry are Hall of Fame five star trumpet players. Amazon and EBAY reviewers give a lot of non hall of fame products five stars too. It's a bad tradition since we have not left any space to distinguish very good, great, and super great. I'm not going to punish this Christian Scott double CD set by going coldly logical in my review. It's very good but not great so it gets an Amazon five star rating.

I bought this music because I ran into its reviews on Amazon and decide to give it a try not knowing anything else about Christian Scott. For the record, what people wrote was the clincher not their ratings. The first thing I did was rip the CDs to my computer's music stash then gave a listen. Good stuff. I'm going to call the style mostly world music, not soft jazz as many other reviewers have. In fact there are many hints of Don Cherry when he's fooling around with Ed Blackwell. That's very high praise from me!

There's enough variety in this two CD set to convince me that Scott is not a one trick pony, an awful epithet to hang on a jazz man. (Consider drummer Ginger Baker for example, a world music sort when he's trying his hand at jazz. I like him but he's dreadfully repetitive.) There is also a hint of creativity in addition to variety so my interest was held throughout the 23 tracks. I'm sure that I will spend time relistening to some pretty terrific music.

I recommend the CDs to you. If you are more interested in modern than (semi-)classical jazz you will like it even more than I do and I really like it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miles on September 21, 2012
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Christian Scott continues to compose and perform music far beyond his years and this cd is no exception. When I first heard his cd "rewind that" I was hooked. This double cd is a treat, there is not a bad cut on it. You could listen to this cd over and over again and still find something remarkable in it. The state of jazz, true jazz not that smoooooooth jazz is in great hands with young lions like Mr. Scott.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By blakjimmy on January 21, 2013
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Where can I start? So much great music here. Maybe the best new album to be released in years. Young man, you and your crew out did yourselves on this collection of gems. The songs flow in and out of each other on this 2-disc set. This music is jazz at it's finest. Jazz that is thoughful and makes the toe's tap! Not that smooth jazz junk that dominates the airwaves but innovative music that streachs the boundries of what jazz is. Christian aTunde Adjuah Peace Be With You.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on July 31, 2012
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I don't know the definition of jazz, but this is real jazz, with a new sound. A double CD, a tour the force of Scott. You can hear all kind of sound inside, you can feel all kind of influence but at the end is pure jazz. Is the best album from Christian Scott, but also could be one of the more influence CD for the future. Is the new "Britches brew"of S. XXI. All is perfect. Scott is incredible with his epic sound of trumpet, and the group is great. Is not a fusion album , is a compendium of all kind of music in jazz. Is a music for young audience, but probably only the olders one can understand the revolutionary meaning of this record. For young people the reference could be Radio Head, for jazz lovers Miles Davis, always changes, always looking for new ways. I think is the best jazz record in the last 12 years, minimum . Thanks Scott to make this music, for try to get a new sound for jazz lovers, for conquer new audience for jazz. A masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. 90 on May 24, 2013
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BLAZING! I like the second disc just a tiny bit more than the first, only because of Alkebu Lan, but the first disc is not slacking by any means - New New Orleans, Who They Wish I Was, Spy Boy, Of Fire...this set is just crazy good. Matt Stevens, you're on my radar!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Spencer on February 27, 2013
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I absolutely love this double cd. Christian is one brotha who rocks to his own rhythm and I respect him as a person and musician for that. All of the tracks are great and I never expect anything less from him. His work from his beginnings is wonderful and for anyone unsure about coppin' this album, just listen to my favorite track, "I Do"...simply beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kickrockcandy88 on October 5, 2013
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I can't take this album off rotation.
If you're a fan of the Robert glasper experiment or Kenneth whalum III .
You will love this.

'Nuff said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon H Barnard on March 7, 2014
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This album is incredible! It is the 1st music by this artist I have purchased and I was not disappointed. I am a huge Rahsaan Roland Kirk fan, and by today's standard he is probably the closest thing that I've heard. He also has a little Miles Davis to his sound, but make no mistake his sound is entirely his. I bought this album after reading an article in the Nation that was describing this type of music(indigenous to New Orleans), having never heard of it or him. I will be looking for more of his music in the future, and would highly recommend this album to anyone who is looking for a true artist, who is true to themselves and their roots. Cheers and enjoy!

-Brandon Barnard
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