Christian Scott: Died In Love
Died In Love
Christian Scott (trumpet)
Live At Newport (CJA-306853-00)
Christian Scott (trumpet),
Matt Stevens (guitar), Aaron Parks (piano), Joe Sanders (bass), Jamire Williams (drums).
Composed by Christian Scott.
Recorded: live at JVC Jazz Festival, Newport, RI, August 9, 2008
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Any musician can express sorrow and anger in his music, but it takes a really good one to express it effectively where there are no lyrics, and in front of a live audience. Christian Scott wrote this lament to a close friend who, along with his new bride, was shot down in cold blood.
The chord progression is dirge-like and varies slightly with each round. Pianist Aaron Parks's relentlessly repeating notes and Matt Stevens's growling guitar add a dramatic effect. For nearly the entire song, Jamire Williams's drums stutter like a shooting victim trying vainly to hang onto life. Scott himself begins with sorrowful notes, which turn over the course of the song into despair, anger and back to sorrow again. With his trumpet, he articulates emotions over the senseless, sudden loss of his buddy that words couldn't convey nearly as well.
"Died In Love" is an example of where Christian Scott's vast technical abilities as a soloist are matched by the sentiment he can express through his horn.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron