Al Porcino, whose powerful sound and ability to hit the highest of high notes with ease brought him work as the lead trumpeter in some of the most celebrated big bands in jazz, died on Dec. 31 in Munich. He was 88. The cause was a fall, said his wife, Erna Tom.
Trumpeter Christian Scott delivered not only one of the most meaningful jazz CDs of 2012 with "Christian Atunde Adjuah", but he also delivered one of the most inspirational live performances of the year with his appearance in the "Tribute to Treme" at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival. Scott's music is "as serious as your life", yet is imbued with energy and a celebration of life.
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