Scott, Christian - Anthem (Mega Blowout Sale)

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Nearly 50 years ago, for a number of reasons, some forward thinking jazz musicians started ‘plugging in’ and using amplification, electricity, stomp boxes and other new fangled gadgets.
But what does that mean today and how does one do it today in a contemporary, non-nostalgic, non-retro and non-pandering way? Noted trumpeter Christian Scott provides one answer here.
“Anthem is, at least in part, a true emotional response to the continued suffering in 2007 of Christian Scott's fellow New Orleanians two years after Hurricane Katrina. It's a completely different record than its predecessor but even more forward looking, inclusive, and full of chancy moves. It begins somberly with the title track, which introduces something of a suite that includes the various themes of the entire album. The groove is there (thanks to the solid, skeletal drumming of Marcus Gilmore and bassist Esperanza Spalding, and later, Luques Curtis), but it's slow, the mood a bit darker. Whereas Rewind That had a late-night, after-hours relaxed vibe, Anthem feels different, from the very first notes of "Litany Against Fear" where the first eight bars of Aaron Parks' piano introduce something that might have come from a Philip Glass record. When the cymbals begin to shimmer, Spalding's four-note bassline and Matt Stevens' electric guitar enter just ahead of Scott's melody line, and the listener is taken into a mournful, somber world where what comes forth is not depressing, but beautifully elegiac, almost like a prayer though its dynamic is powerful, straightforward in movement, and bridges ascend from simple melody before returning as if to restate something affirmatively. It's a beautiful and moving. A tune like this one, as well as several others here, would not have been out of place on a Manfred Eicher produced ECM session, though the feel is never icy. Anthem proceeds with "Void," a song that also uses Walter Smith III on tenor, playing in unison with and counterpoint to Scott. Once more, the tempo is slow, even halting, but the melody and harmonics in the tune -- in part because of the nearly metallic edginess of Stevens' guitar -- create a sonic space in the middle between the front line and rhythm section. "Anthem (Antediluvian Adaptation)" is the beginning of a suite that carries on for the rest of the album. It's a bit faster, a bit edgier, even darker, with a fine piano solo by Parks; its lyrical song-like feel is in sharp contrast to the tension created by Stevens' slow, menacing yet subdued guitar work....Scott has summed up in Anthem the sound of many individual voices, offered them as a gift to any who will listen. It's a generous and visionary recording, one that doesn't back away from what is difficult or nearly impossible to define. Anthem is the work of an artist who has fully arrived into his creative possibility, and yet points toward something mysterious and anticipatory in the process. Anthem approaches brilliance.”-AllMusic
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