After only having this CD in the player for ten seconds, you might find yourself wondering what kind of music you just purchased. Maybe you purchased it because Billboard Magazine named Christian Scott as one of the “Faces to Watch - Hot in 2006”. As the CD continues to play, you’ll understand why Christian Scott is truly a face to watch and this is why he is in… The Hot Seat.
In the opening track, “Rewind That”, Scott identifies himself as an individual. The lead guitar begins with a sense of urgency while the drum plays a hard and heavy back beat. Scott and keys come in with a more relaxed feeling. Unlike many current trumpet players, Scott often uses breathy and subtle playing for his softer sound. While his loud statements are played with intensity and stellar articulation.
Christian Scott is a 22 year old New Orleans native and the nephew of Grammy Award winning alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr. Scott attend the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts for high school. Scott independently released his first album (self-titled) in 2002. Concord Music Group signed him at the age of 22, the same age his uncle, Donald Harrison was signed to the same label.
Playing with Christian is Walter Smith III on tenor saxophone. Smith plays on all songs except for “Rewind That“. On guitar is Matt Stevens. Stevens does not play on “So What“. On most of the tracks, Zaccai Curtis plays the keyboard and Luques Curtis plays bass. Curtis plays the electric bass on “Rewind That” and “Like This“, but otherwise plays the acoustic guitar. On the drums is Thomas Pridgen. On four of the tracks, “So What”, Suicide”, “Kiel”, and “Paradise Found”, Donald Harrison is a special guest.
Notable Tracks on this project are “Like This” - a very romantic slow groove inspired by an R&B song, “So What” - a 1959 Miles Davis composition with a serving of funk, and “Kiel” - a melody for Scott’s twin brother Kiel Scott.
Putting Scott’s music in any one particular genre is near impossible. There is this much Rock and that much Re-bop and this much Funk and that much R&B…. Contemporary Jazz is the safest label to put on Rewind That. Scott chose not to make a straight-ahead album saying that him doing so would be “like meeting a woman and trying to be like her last boyfriend.” Christian Scott’s Rewind That is a “debut” album that does not disappoint. For more information about Christian Scott visit www.christianscottmusic.com.
Chillin Vibes for the Hot Summer
Euge Groove - Chillaxin’ from Just Feels Right 2005 (Narada Jazz)
Marion Meadows - Dressed to Chill from Dressed to Chill 2006 (Heads Up)
Dayve Stewart - Lay Back and Chill from Feel Me 2005 (no label)
Eric Darius - Chillin’ Out from Just Getting Started 2006 (Narada Jazz)
George Duke - Chillin’ from Face the Music 2003 (Jj Tracks)