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The Source

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Once your eyes interlock with Kendrick Scott on the cover of his debut album, The Source, for his World Culture Music imprint, you immediately know that this Berklee-trained drummer means business. The music unveils Scott s unique balance of freedom and control as he proves his position as part of an elite group of young New York-based improvisers and composers. Scott penned all but one composition on this debut album, which features his band, Kendrick Scott Oracle. Moreover, as a drummer, Scott easily shifts temperaments to reveal an abundance of color, emotion and thought. The Source offers clear evidence that Kendrick Scott one of a select few to offer intriguing ventures beyond known musical territory. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Kendrick Scott is a jazz drummer conversant in an ultramodern sense of propulsion: lightweight yet heavy-gauge, with room for tumbling accents and textures. He has brought this feeling to a few contemporary groups, notably the one led by the trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Now he has planted it at the center of Oracle, a cohort of smart and sympathetic players. The Source, Mr. Scott s first album with the group, advances more than a rhythmic ideal: it consists almost entirely of his progressively sleek compositions. (And the lone cover, a Bjork song, is emblematic.) He makes his perspective clear on the opener, View From Above, a waltz that pairs the saxophonists Myron Walden and Seamus Blake in an intertwining melody, and features a cool investigation by the guitarist Mike Moreno. At times the album has a glow reminiscent of another drummer-led band, Brian Blade Fellowship. ( Psalm might stump even Mr. Blade.) What distinguishes Oracle is Mr. Scott s more pronounced attraction to groove. Mantra presents a stealthy pulse in 5/4 meter; VCB, written with the pianist Robert Glasper, could be an interlude on a Q-Tip album. Those connections come as naturally to Mr. Scott as the post-bop he also explores, which explains why The Source works so well as a whole. --Nate Chinen - New York Times

Kendrick Scott is steeped in the traditions yet uses his instrument with extraordinary subtlety and a multiplicity of techniques. --- Variety

Fulfilling his rising star status as a member of Fulfilling his rising star status as a member of Terence Blanchard s group. Kendrick Scott steps forward as a formidable jazz leader and composer. Stressing ensemble tonality and liberal group improvisation, Scott shapes the pieces with his commanding touch and interpretive powers. Spacious, Mysterious and Volatile. --Jeff Potter Modern Drummer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN: B000RRWN06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I saw him as part of Terrence Blanchard's band at Monterey Jazz Festival last year and was impressed with his energy and songwriting. This CD is a nice blend of relaxing straight ahead jazz and a nice groove. Highly recommended.
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