A tour de force masterwork, Christian aTunde Adjuah opens a wide window on Scott's present, as well as his past, and his auspicious creative future. With Scott'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.
Scott's band consists of guitarist Matthew Stevens, drummer Jamire Williams, bassist Kristopher Keith Funn and pianist Lawrence Fields (Fields' piano sound is often spiced for effect by using paper on the instrument's strings), with guests including tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III, alto saxophonist Louis Fouche IIII and trombonist Corey King.
Christian aTunde Adjuah opens with "Fatima Aisha Rokero 400," where the trumpeter boldly soars over Stevens' guitar and eerie muses. The song is about the ethnic cleansing, kidnapping and more specifically the rape of 400 indigenous African Sudanese women in the town of Rokero. The next tune is the rhythmic bouncer, "New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)," that is a marriage of the music of the Afro-Native American tradition of New Orleans, colloquially known as the Black Indians (of which Scott is a member—note his feathered attire on the CD cover) with traditional second-line stomp rhythms and Bounce Music. The song represents the resilience of post-Katrina New Orleans.
CD No. 2 opens with the catchy melody, guitar-growled, hopeful "The Berlin Patient (CCR5)" about the AIDS patient from San Francisco who was cured via an experimental treatment in Berlin; the trumpet-grinding "Jihad Joe" about the soldiers on the other side of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars and the idea that there are multiple perspectives in war; the melodic tune "Liar Liar" about the deception-filled end of a relationship; and the beauty of the album, the ballad "I Do," that Scott wrote to celebrate his engagement.
After all the socially conscious tunes, Scott ends the album with the rollicking, good-fun "The Red Rooster," inspired by the club/restaurant in Harlem two blocks from his house on Lenox Ave. where he says, "something is really brewing," in terms of community building; and the romantic beauty "Cara" with Scott's breathy trumpet lines over Fields' rich piano comping (the other "Cara" piece appeared on Scott's 2002 eponymous debut album on Impromp2 Records). Scott says, "There's no better way to end the album because it's a song for my mother who sacrificed everything for Kiel and me."
Upcoming N. American Tour Dates
7/28 - Performance at Marcus Samuelsson's Cooking Demonstration @ Howard Theatre - Washington, DC
7/31 - Apple Instore - performance + Q&A - SoHo, NY
8/4 - (Performing with PONCHO) Great Park - Irvine, CA
8/7 - Amoeba Instore - performance + Live webcast - Hollywood, CA
8/10 - Scullers - Boston, MA
8/11 - (Opening for BENSON) Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH
8/16 - 8/19 - The Bohemian Cavern - Washington, DC
8/21 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon /sit-in with the Roots - New York, NY
8/23 - WNYC Soundcheck - New York, NY
8/24 - 8/26 - Blue Note - New York, NY
9/12 - Anthology - San Diego, CA
9/13 - The Blue Whale - Los Angeles, CA
9/14 - The Blue Whale - Los Angeles, CA
9/15 - The Blue Whale - Los Angeles, CA
9/16 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
9/22 - Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA
9/23 - Thelonious Monk All-Star Band - Washington, DC
9/28 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC
9/29 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
10/17 - The Jazz Bistro - St. Louis, MO
10/18 - The Jazz Bistro - St. Louis, MO
10/19 - The Jazz Bistro - St. Louis, MO
10/20 - The Jazz Bistro - St. Louis, MO
10/30 - Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA