Artists to look out for: Christian Scott

2011-03-25 16:55

Trumpeter Christian Scott is the 2010 winner of the Edison Best International Jazz Artist Award. With a prestige equal to a Grammy, the Dutch music prize rewards albums of outstanding quality. Dutch importers of recorded music submitted to the judging panel Scott’s latest recording, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. Describing the CD, the Edison Foundation statement said; “The recording sums up 40 years of jazz history”. In response the 27-year musician stated; “I wanted to create a musical backdrop that referenced everything I liked about the music from the 60s – Miles Davis’ second quintet, Coltrane’s quartet, Mingus’ band – coupled with music made by people like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. The music from that era just had more depth, whether it was jazz or rock or folk or whatever”.

Coming out of a 27-year old, these words may sound pretentious. But Scott is a true jazz prodigy. The trumpeter’s mother not only taught the young lad to read music but is an established clarinetist and bassoonist in her own right. Scott’s maternal grandfather Donald Harrison Sr. was a New Orleans folksinger. At the age of 15, Scott joined a band that his saxophonist uncle Donald Harrison Jr. led. Since his last visit to South Africa in 2003 when he was on the bandstand with his uncle, Scott has matured as a musician. He added five more recordings to his 2002 debut. His second and 2006 album Rewind That won a Grammy nomination for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album for the Berkelee College of Music graduate Also developed is Scott’s brooding trumpet tone.

ESP Afrika

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