Christian Scott: Litany Against Fear
Litany Against Fear
Christian Scott (cornet, trumpet)
Christian Scott (cornet, trumpet),
Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Stevens (guitar), Esperanza Spalding (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums).
Composed by Christian Scott.
Recorded: Berkeley, CA, January 26-30, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The atmosphere is dark and poignant: we are in Hurricane Katrina's wake, and Christian Scott has very efficiently rendered the feeling of sadness and agony attached to the ordeal that his native city underwent. A modal piano romp, a heavy, almost ominous drum beat, a guitar ostinato, and above all the slow moan of a muted cornet establish the frame. And when the melody appears and the song starts modulating, it all sounds like a lament with Hispanic undertones, with the sober interaction of the five instruments beautifully arranged around the trumpet's poised main voice.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum