Music
3:01 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Trumpeter Christian Scott takes the top spot on WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Trumpeter Christian Scott immediately impressed WEMU and listeners with his first CD as a leader, "Rewind That" in 2006.  Since then we have anticipated each new release from this urbane, articulate and alternative trumpeter and composer.  His new CD "Christian Atunde Adjuah" demonstrates his "whisper technique" emphasizing breath control rather than mouthpiece technique.  His highly communicative approach recalls trumpet masters Clark Terry and Clifford Brown with a wholly modern approach.  This modernity also applies to his compositions - stretching the instrumentation and arrangements to include elements of rock, pop, hiphop and international music.   What is really important about Scott, however is the sincere emotional content of his songs and his vision of positive options for humanity.

Yet, with Scott's forward thinking music and appearance, Christian Scott is fully grounded in the tradition of New Orleans music.  This nephew of saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr. participates in Mardi Gras "masking" as does Harrison.  The two are in the cast of the HBO series "Treme"  And - the two will both appear at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival in the "Treme Tribute" and other sets.  We know you will enjoy that show immensely and we hope you are enjoying hearing both discs of the new 2-CD set "Christian Atunde Adjuah" by Christian Scott.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY August 20 to August 26, 2012:  
LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR

1. CHRISTIAN SCOTT   “Christian Atunde Adjauh”   (Concord Jazz)
2. RANDY CRAWFORD & JOE SAMPLE  “Live”  (PRA Records)
3. CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON   “Hot House”   (Concord Jazz)
4. ROBERT CRAY BAND   “Nothin But Love”  (Provogue)
5. DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)
6. GRANT GEISSMAN    “Bop! Bang! Boom!”   (Futurism Records)
7. TAJ MAHAL  “The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal”   (Columbia/Legacy)
8. ANTIBALAS   “Antibalas”   (Daptone)
9. JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)
10. NEIL COWLEY TRIO   “The Face Of Mount Molehill”   (Naim Jazz)
11. HOT CLUB OF DETROIT   “Junction”   (Mack Avenue Records)
12. JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)
13. GREG LEWIS   “Organ Monk:  Uwo In The Black”   (www.greglewismusic.com)
14. TUMBAO BRAVO   “Casa Versailles”   (PKO Records)
15. RAPHAEL WRESSNIG AND ALEX SCHULTZ   “Soul Gift”   (Pepper Cake Records)
16. JIMMY CLIFF   “Rebirth”   (Sunpower)


~COMPILED BY LINDA YOHN AND DANIEL LONG