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Anthem is New Orleans-native and trumpet player Christian Scott’s musical response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath so it’s no surprise that the album is imbued with a somewhat dark, melancholy tone. The disc has several nice horn parts featuring a variety of brass and reed combinations: cornet and tenor sax, flugelhorn and straight alto sax, soprano trombone and tenor sax. Marcus Gilmore’s hard-hitting drums and Matt Stevens’s electric guitar move the dramatic music in the direction of rock, funk, hip-hop and fusion, and groups as different as U2 and the Mahavishnu Orchestra are evoked. (The production, which oddly can sound thick and thin at the same time, also pushes the album towards pop.) In a way, Anthem is framed by two versions — one instrumental and the other with vocals — of the title track. The closer, “Anthem (Post Diluvial Adaptation),” finds Brother J of the hip-hop group X-Clan letting loose a torrent of social commentary and features one of Scott’s best solos.

Customer Reviews

Scott the Newschool trumpet LION

Listening to Christian Scott is a freeflow of NOW!, music that grabs you. His command of the music and how he states he was influenced by Miles to be BOLD! is apparent. Awesome Brother Scott. I here a combo of Hargrove, Bronner, and others but your sound is truly real and SMOOTH, and authentic!

Excellent

Despite this being a great album, I'm tired of waiting for it to go iTunes Plus and I'm buying it elsewhere. You should too.

A Young Legend

Chris is a young legend in his time already. I see a bright future for him and both of his albums are worth getting. Add to your collection now!

Biography

Born: 1983 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott received his first trumpet at 12 as a gift from his mother and grandmother. As Scott's uncle was modern jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, it was no surprise that Scott soon became very proficient on the trumpet, so good in fact that Harrison began having him play at his gigs. Following in his uncle's footsteps, Scott enrolled at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and then at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a full...
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