Monday, August 6, 2012

Scott's Roots; Brazilian Trio's New Release - Bob Stewart

Award-winning trumpeter and composer Christian Scott unveils his compelling new CD, "Christian aTunde Adjuah", an inspired and provocative two-disc set featuring reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes, and guitar-edged and rock-inflected cookers. The disc is arguably the most personal project to date for the young artist, which is reflected in the album title, which is Scott's new name, and the album cover, which shows him in the traditional attire of his culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. Scott says, "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."

Brazilian Trio is a masterful amalgamation of musician/composer/arranger friends dedicated to perpetuating the artful blend of Brazilian classical music and jazz. The trio consists of pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. Their eagerly awaited sophomore disc, "Constelacao", divinely showcases each player with an original composition apiece plus uniquely engaging renditions of fine pieces ranging from Brazilian composers such as Caymmi and Jobim to jazz stalwart Cedar Walton. "There are two hallmarks of Brazilian music," Matta explains, "melody and rhythm. But improvisation requires knowledge of the language of jazz. We're thinking in 2/4 but we use the info that we get from jazz. This way the music keeps growing. It's the new direction of playing Brazilian music."

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