Artist of the Day: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

posted by Matt Jarrells on 11/17/2017

November 17, 2017

The Emancipation Procrastination is the latest album from Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. As a young man growing up in New Orleans, Adjuah took to the trumpet at an early age and was seen as a prodigy by the time he was sixteen. Music ran in his family; his uncle was the highly-regarded saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. In 2002, he released his first album, despite tiring of playing the trumpet. Adujah soon moved away from traditional sounds by inventing what he calls B-flat instruments, modified horns that Newsweek likened to "space-age weapons". 

Alongside contemporaries Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper, Adujah has embraced the tearing down of genre boundaries, bringing in hip-hop and electronic influences. To Adujah "jazz is the original fusion music" and that "bringing all of this in is the essence of it; the traditional tenets are to constantly search, to look for new terrain, new vernacular and new ways of communicating."

The Emancipation Procrastination is the final chapter in Adujah's "Centennial Trilogy," a collection of three albums released this year in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of "Livery Staple Blues" by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the first jazz recording.

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