Christian Scott: Litany Against Fear

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Litany Against Fear

Artist

Christian Scott (cornet, trumpet)

CD

Anthem (Verve)

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Musicians:

Christian Scott (cornet, trumpet),

Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Stevens (guitar), Esperanza Spalding (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums)

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Composed by Christian Scott

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Recorded: Berkeley, CA, January 26-30, 2007

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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

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