NEWS: Christian Scott Launches New Album

On June 25th 2012, award-winning trumpeter, composer, producer and bandleader Christian Scott releases his compelling new album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. One of the most gifted artists of his generation, Grammy-nominated Scott has collaborated with a host of revered musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock, hip-hop and R&B, including Thom Yorke, Marcus Miller, Prince, Jill Scott and Mos Def, and this follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is an inspired and provocative two-disc, 23-track collection featuring reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes and rock-inflected cookers. 

An intrepid explorer, Scott continues to delve into uncharted jazz territory and Christian aTunde Adjuah is arguably his most personal project to date. “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.”

Christian aTunde Adjuah opens with Fatima Aisha Rokero 400, which sees Scott boldly soaring over guitarist Matthew Stevens’ eerie muses. The song is about the ethnic cleansing, kidnapping and more specifically the rape of 400 indigenous African Sudanese women by Janjaweed soldiers in the town of Rokero.  Also included on the first disc is the light, muted-trumpet of Who They Wish I Was, written about how people have equated his band with the classic Miles Davis Quintet of the ‘60s. The second disc features the hopeful The Berlin Patient (CCR5), about the AIDS patient from San Francisco who was cured via an experimental treatment in Berlin; the snappy-drum patterned Trayvon that addresses the recent killing in Florida of an innocent black teen; and the ballad I Do, that Scott wrote to celebrate his engagement.

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. In the liner notes, 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.”

UK Tour Dates (supporting George Benson):

June 28th           London              Royal Albert Hall
June 29th           Birmingham       Symphony Hall
June 30th           Manchester        Apollo
July 2nd              Glasgow            Clyde Auditorium
July 3rd              Nottingham        Royal Centre
July 4th              Bournemouth     BIC

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