Release Date: Mar 15, 2019
Record label: Ropeadope
Coming off his ambitious 2017 trilogy (Rebel Ruler, Diaspora, and the Grammy-nominated Emancipation Proclamation), trumpeter Christian Scott delivers yet another ambitious, cross-pollinated epic with 2019's Ancestral Recall. Along with producing and playing a cadre of distinctively named brass instruments (among them his reverse-flügelhorn, Siren, and Sirenette), Scott also plays pretty much every other instrument here, including keyboards, synth bass, synth percussion, and what he calls "sonic architecture. " That enigmatic term most likely refers to the overall production, but could easily describe the genre-defying music Scott has crafted on Ancestral Recall.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has been working toward a unified, multicultural idea of improvised music for much of his career. But the New Orleans-raised, Berklee-trained trumpet prodigy could hardly have known that the concept he dubbed "stretch music" (on a 2015 album of the same name) would be so well timed to jazz's reemergence into mainstream consciousness. What he has called an attempt to "stretch--not replace--jazz's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many musical forms/languages/cultures as we can" coincides with an erosion of boundaries that is central to the current jazz renaissance.