Ancestral Recall

Album Review of Ancestral Recall by Christian Scott.

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Ancestral Recall

Christian Scott

Ancestral Recall by Christian Scott

Release Date: Mar 15, 2019
Record label: Ropeadope
Genre(s): Jazz

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Ancestral Recall - Excellent, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 90
Based on rating 9/10

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-fl├╝gelhorn, 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.

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Pitchfork - 80
Based on rating 8.0/10

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.

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