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Editors’ Notes

Kendrick Scott’s Conviction is a finely shaped and paced album that flows from start to end. Scott and his band Oracle (bassist Joe Sanders, pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Mike Moreno, and saxophonist Jon Ellis) impress on this set of intriguing covers and originals. “Pendulum,” written by the electronic British group Broadcast, manages to be both dreamy and rhythmically driving: Scott’s wordless vocals add a layer of airy texture even as his powerhouse drumming energizes the track. Guest Alan Hampton sings and plays guitar on “Too Much,” penned by the indie pop artist Sufjan Stevens. A cover of Herbie Hancock’s '60s gem “I Have a Dream” features a bass solo by Sanders as the band percolates behind him. Later, Moreno spins out a compelling guitar statement. “Liberty or Death” has some nice bass clarinet from Ellis, and “Be Water”—which includes a recording of martial arts master Bruce Lee speaking—finds the band sounding particularly fluid. The album closes quietly with a solo Eigsti performing “Memory of Enchantment,” a ballad by the Dutch pianist and composer Michael Bortslap.

Customer Reviews

Intelligent

This is what I like to call intelligent music. You can hear the honesty in the music. Very talented group of people apart of this project. Enjoy!!!

Totally Feeling It.

I love the vibe of this album; it's been in my head since the first listen.

I HAVE CONVICTION!

I have Conviction!!! Literally and figuratively!!! Literally if the record Conviction were vinyl I would've rubbed the grooves by now from over playing it. Kendrick Scott has used his skill as a composer, arranger and bandleader to blend lush harmonies, melodies with gentle movement and his own unique demonstration of non formatted grooves into a statement recordings which broadens the the notion of what jazz.

Figuratively, Conviction also has sublime meaning and value as the recordings songs mirror and reflect noble human traits and characteristics that we can all identify with. On this level the songs serve as encouragement and human inspiration in Kendrick's own unique voicing.

Kendrick Scott should be viewed as one of the most serious minded, thoughtful and reflective young artists of this generation with Conviction being the latest chapter in a marvelous novel he is writing.

Conviction, Kendrick Scott Oracle
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: Mar 26, 2013

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