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Too long, with way too little variety
on May 26, 2016
Scott is a fantastic trumpet player and he's got an instantly recognizable sound, but on this album, he never ventures far beyond his comfort range of musical textures. Were I not familiar with more of his catalog, I'd walk away from this album wondering if Scott could play anything else, or if he were merely a one-trick pony. I was looking forward to a much wider range of moods with the additional length, but it just isn't a varied collection. As you may expect, even though the performances are reliably solid, it gets monotonous pretty quick. It also demands a lot of time from the listener. I doubt I'll ever sit through both discs back-to-back.
To anyone shopping for a first-rate Christian Scott album, I highly recommend Stretch Music.