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Beginning 100 years after the first jazz recording, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah announced The Centennial Trilogy : three full length albums that reflect deeply on the history of Jazz. In his words, Christian was ‘trying to create a document that fully acculturated all of the things that grew from the first century of jazz…. To force all of those things into one context as a means of creating a newer, larger context for artists to be able to grow from’

The scope of the trilogy is not limited to the music; Christian is using broad strokes to present his vision of the world. Growing up in the upper ninth ward he witnessed people enduring the same challenges regardless of their race or ethic background. Undereducated to serve the tourist culture, facing food insecurity and viewing each other as different because of the lens of race. He understood that race was and is a social construct, and saw that people could be working together to build and move forward.

Christian’s use of the term Stretch Music, which is an album title as well as the name of his newly formed record label, goes well beyond the music. It springs from his childhood realization that music can be a tool to obliterate this notion – that by creating music that blends genres he can inspire people to blend in every way. If one visualizes musicians of different genres, it is easy to see how music has been disseminated to us as hyper racialized, a by product of cultural expression. The goal of the artist is, in every way and every calculated move, driven by this understanding and a desire to create a space that advances the notion that we all belong together. It is never I, it is always WE

Ruler Rebel presented to us the artist – WHO we are listening to. 

Diaspora identified the listener – ALL the people of the world. 

The Emancipation Procrastination, the third and final chapter in the trilogy, deals directly with the social and political issues of the day. Rather than descend into identity politics, Adjuah sees in New Orleans many disparate cultures in one space being underserved and exploited. His worldview is not just New Orleans, as he has traveled and toured the world for almost 20 years, starting as a child in some of the most revered jazz groups of the day (McCoy Tyner, Donald Harrison, Eddie Palmieri..).

‘I’m not interested in harming anyone. I have a responsibility as an artist to create a space where people feel welcome. When I walk outside this hotel room, that is not the reality. There is a difference when music is made with love. When people come into my space they are going to feel that. We are trying to figure out a way to treat each other better. We are all responsible for healing each other.‘

The vision of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is clear – that this is an opportunity for all of US to come together and address issues that affect ALL of us. Emancipation Procrastination means that we all have an opportunity to liberate ourselves from old world ideas. Let the healing begin.

us: Missing Piece | Brett Loeb | brett@missingpiecegroup.com

uk: baxter pr | joe baxter | joe@baxterpr.com

world: ropeadope | fabian brown | fabian@ropeadope.com


III : The emancipation procrastination | october 20, 2017

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credits

  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, SPD-SX, Sonic Architecture (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
  • Elena Pinderhughes - Flute (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12)
  • Braxton Cook - Alto Saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12)
  • Stephen J. Gladney - Tenor Saxophone (track 11)
  • Lawrence Fields - Piano, Fender Rhodes (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Kris Funn - Bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12)
  • Luques Curtis - Bass (tracks 4, 6, 10)
  • Matt Stevens - Guitar (tracks 1, 12)
  • Cliff Hines - Guitar (tracks 3, 4, 9, 10)
  • Dominic Minix - Guitar (track 8)
  • Corey Fonville - Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Joe Dyson, Jr. - Pan African Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 10)
  • Marcus Gillmore - Drums, SPD-SX (track 2)
  • Weedie Braimah -  Djembe, Bata, Congas (tracks 2, 5, 10)

Produced by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Chris Dunn

Executive Producers: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Louis Marks
Recorded April 16-21, 2016 by Matt Grondin and Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA
Mixed by Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Paul Blakemore, Cleveland, OH


All songs written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC)

Except:

  • In The Beginning written by Weedie Braimah
  • Videotape written by Philip James Selway, Edward John O’Brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Thomas Edward Yorke
  •  Gerrymandering Game written by  Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC), Lawrence Fields (Khameleon Music - BMI), Cliff Hynes (Klyph Publishing - BMI)
  •  Cages written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC), Lawrence Fields (Khameleon Music - BMI)
  •  New Heroes written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC), Lawrence Fields (Khameleon Music - BMI)

"His music has reached a point of dazzling refinement—a dense, richly textured blend of acoustic and electronic elements in which foreground and background subtly shift focus. His trumpet playing, which often sounds majestic, never steals the spotlight. It commands from deep within." (Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ)

"It is music that sounds completely contemporary, yet fully integrated into a century of great black American music, from James Reese Europe to Miles Davis to Kendrick Lamar.” - WNYC


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II : Diaspora | June 23, 2017

The second release in The Centennial Trilogy, Diaspora, is set for release on June 23, 2017. Christian uses the term Diaspora in broadest sense possible. He is referring to the WORLD Diaspora – All peoples, oneness & love. While Ruler Rebel identifies who is speaking, Diaspora identifies the listener – WHO is being spoken to. Growing up in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was keenly aware that people of different histories and cultures were enduring the same experiences and challenges. Despite this commonality, they accepted the notion that they we’re not kin and therefore nemesis. Topical ideas like race, religious purview, sexual preference & perceived economic standing ultimately stunt the growth of community, which in turn stunts the growth of Cities and Municipalities, States and Provinces, Nations, and finally our world. A deliberate stretching of styles and genres speak to this fundamental issue and offers a path forward. A path to break down perceived barriers and work together to build a lasting future.

credits

  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, SPD-SX, Sampling & Sonic Architecture
  • Lawrence Fields - Piano, Fender Rhodes (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • Corey Fonville - Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 2, 3, 46, 7, 10, 11)
  • Special Guest: Sarah Elizabeth Charles - Vocals (track 11)
  • Chief Shaka Shaka - Dununba, Sangban, Kenikeni (tracks 1 & 9)
  • Elena Pinderhughes - Flute (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11)
  • Kris Funn - Bass (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • Cliff Hines - Guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10)
  • Joe Dyson Jr. - Pan African Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11)
  • Weedie Braimah -  Djembe, Bata, Congas (tracks 1 & 9)

Produced by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & Chris Dunn

Executive Producers: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & Louis Marks

Recorded April 16-21, 2016 by Matt Grondin and Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA

Mixed by Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA

Mastered by Paul Blakemore, Cleveland OH


All songs written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC) Except:

  • Diaspora written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC) & Lawrence Fields, (Khameleon Music - BMI)
  • IDK written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC) & Lawrence Fields, (Khameleon Music - BMI)
  • Bae written by Lawrence Fields, (Khameleon Music - BMI)
  • Uncrown Her written by John Key Jr. (One John Key LLC - SESAC)
  • Lawless written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC) & Lawrence Fields (Khameleon Music - BMI)
  • The Walk written by Christian Scott (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC) & Lawrence Fields (Khameleon Music - BMI)

I : Ruler Rebel | March 31, 2017

The first release in the trilogy, Ruler Rebel, vividly depicts Adjuah's new vision and sound - revealing Adjuah to the listener in a way never heard before via a completely new production methodology that Stretches Trap Music with West African and New Orleanian Afro-Native American styles. Ruler Rebel is set for pre-order on 2/17/17, to coincide with the first annual Stretch Music Festival at Harlem Stage. The Stretch Music Festival, created and curated by Adjuah, explores the boundaries of Stretch, Jazz, Trap, and Alternative Rock with some of music’s most poised and fiery rising stars. The festival consists of five days of events, culminating with concerts on February 17th and 18th at Harlem Stage with performances by Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Venus, The Bridge Trio, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, and Matthew Stevens.

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Credits

  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah | Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, SPD-SX, Sampling, Sonic Architecture.
  • Special Guest - Sarah Elizabeth Charles | Vocals
  • Elena Pinderhughes | Flute (tracks 7 & 8)
  • Lawrence Fields Piano, Fender Rhodes (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Luques Curtis | Bass (track 4)
  • Kris Funn | Bass (tracks 7 & 8)
  • Joshua Crumbly | Bass (track 6)
  • Cliff Hines | Guitar (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8)
  • Corey Fonville | Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8)
  • Joe Dyson Jr. | Pan African Drums, SPD-SX (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8) 
  • Weedie Braimah |  Djembe, Bata, Congas (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
  • Chief Shaka Shaka | Dununba, Sangban, Kenikeni (tracks1, 2, 3, 5, 7)

Produced by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Chris Dunn

Executive Producers: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Louis H. Marks

Recorded April 16-21, 2016 by Matt Grondin and Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA

Mixed by Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA


Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays Adams Instruments, ACB Mouthpieces and Josh Landress Brass, SD Systems Microphones, Master & Dynamic Headphones

Corey Fonville plays Vic Firth Drumsticks & Yamaha Drums

Joe Dyson plays Vic Firth Drumsticks & Canopus Drums

Art Direction Kevin Kedroe & Allan Cole

Photography Kiel Adrian Scott | Package Design Kevin Kedroe