In New York's Village Voice, critic Aiden Levy summarizes Christian Scott's chameleon-like ability to represent his generation: "Scott jumps across a range of styles and sounds, channeling everything from hip-hop to On the Corner-style funk and African rhythms. His most recent album Christian aTunde Adjuah represents a step towards artistic self-creation that firmly establishes him as one of the new young lions of jazz." Like Chico Freeman and Adam O'Farrill, Christian Scott is another scion of a jazz family - his uncle is jazz master and Big Chief of the Congo Nation Donald Harrison with whom he apprenticed as a youth growing up in New Orleans. Under Harrison's mentorship, Scott learned the necessary skills to master his horn and the jazz language, but he also learned how to groove, how to shape a solo, how to arrange, how to develop one's own voice and how to move an audience. Scott refined his skills earning two degrees in two years at Berklee School of Music which he attended on a full scholarship. He has since moved on to become one of the most in-demand producers and performers in the business and is recognized for his flawless aesthetic choices and ability to seamlessly flow between jazz-related genres. His second recording as a leader earned him a Grammy nomination. Part of Scott's allure is the strength of his message: He uses music as a powerful medium to express his feelings regarding current and historical events. His compositions give voice to the disinfranchised by bravely taking on topics such as abortion, prison reform, police brutality and gay marriage all within the context of viscerally moving, compelling, melodically driven, high quality music.
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