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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.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Ruler Rebel'

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

Since time perpetually moves forward, all movement is technically forward movement. Everything is a form of progression. Experience gives texture to signature, though the elements of signature -- those attributes that define the outward expression of persona -- remain fundamentally intact because the everlasting battle of nature versus nurture will always end up in some sort of tie. When hearing Ruler Rebel, the first of three albums trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah will release this year as part of his Centennial Trilogy, in the context of his body of work, it's apparent that this is the perfect example of the progression of his signature sound.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at the Jazz des Cinq Continents Festival (Full Concert Video)

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

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah debuted a new project last night at Harlem Stage in NYC with a repeat performance tonight, the shows both sold out. The melding of Stretch Music and Trap Music has us melting at the awesomeness. But if you’re like us, you probably can’t make it to NYC in time. So if you’re still down to catch a Christian Scott gig tonight from the comfort of your own home, check out this full concert from this Summer’s Jazz des Cinq Continents Festival in France. Featuring Elena Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, Lawrence Fields, Kris Funn and Corey Fonville.