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Sarah Elizabeth Charles feat. Christian Scott - "Change to Come"

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

More and more artists are fed up with the senseless violence happening daily in the United States and are letting their frustration be heard through their music. The latest example of this is “Change to Come”, Sarah Elizabeth Charles' new single off her upcoming album Free of Form out October 6th on Stretch Music / Ropeadope. The song was written in 2014, in the wake of Eric Garner’s death. "The most zoomed-out version," Charles says of the song, "is just general resistance to violence. Then if you go a little bit narrower, it's speaking to race relations and the issues that have existed because of the nature of the history and formation of this country." “Change to Come” features trumpeter Christian Scott who co-produced the album alongside Jesse Elder (keys), Burniss Earl Travis II (bass), and John Davis (drums). You can stream the track below.

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Christian Scott Featured in Gap Commercial "Skate Meet Horn"

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

It’s always nice to see one of ours break through the mainstream barrier. Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and BADBADNOTGOOD come to mind as recent examples. Over here at Nextbop, it reinvigorates us and gives us hope that maybe someday jazz and the work that we do on these pages won’t be so niche. Jazz may be ailing but it sure isn’t dead. We will keep on fighting. These are some of the thoughts that came to mind when I learned Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was featured in a brand new Gap commercial which you can watch below. Good for him.

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles - "Free of Form" feat. Christian Scott

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles has continuously dazzled us here, standing out as a singer with a voice as airy as a breeze or as gusty as a thunderstorm. Whether on her own, with her previous group, Manner Effect, or with her new group, SCOPE, Charles is always a voice that can't help but stand out front and call attention. This is no more true than on her new album, Free of Form, which she is set to release in October on Stretch Music/Ropeadope Records. The album, which features Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah guesting on a few songs throughout as well as co-producing this collection alongside Charles, floats in all those realms between jazz of all stripes, R&B, and soul. This is no more clear than in the ethereal title track. Check it out after the jump and be on the lookout for Free of Form when it drops October 6th.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Centennial Trilogy: Diaspora'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Diaspora, the second album of trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy of albums he's releasing this year, is softer than its predecessor, Ruler Rebel. It's warmer, more somber, more spacey a collection of songs, as if these songs and the extra time between notes, a less is more approach here, is meant to depict the actual African Diaspora, a dispersal of sounds as much as a people. Nevertheless, it's a more chill kind of album, if the dynamic Ruler Rebel is a textured shot of mescal, Diaspora is the perfectly made michelada that follows it, and you're going to want to have a couple more micheladas.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - "The Walk" feat. Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The publicity cycle is starting up again for Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah as he prepares to release the second album of his Centennial Trilogy this year, Diaspora, on June 23rd on Ropeadope Records. In fact, he just dropped the hypnotic new single, "The Walk", featuring Sarah Elizabeth Charles' vocals playing the repetitive mantra role again, Elena Pinderhughes' flute floating away, Lawrence Fields' piano looping like he's embodying a frightening John Carpenter Score, and our many CSaA constructing the whole thing and bringing it home. The closer to Diaspora is a dope track you should totally check out after the jump, and then work on pre-ordering the album just a bit further down from there.