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Christian Scott: Rewind That

Christian Scott’s debut album, Rewind That, shows him to be a striking trumpeter–the breathy tone he often uses, so tenuous it can resemble a flute, stands out in an ensemble, and he shows a natural knack for phrasing, whether playing quietly or brassily. His compositions, which make up nine of the album’s 11 tracks, get their drive from roiling lines by guitarist Matt Stevens, their rhythmic structure from funk and soul as much as jazz, and their atmosphere from Scott’s own brooding. Sometimes Scott makes something roiling and surprising with these materials, as on the title track and “Say It.” Sometimes they lead him into lyrical reminiscences with titles like “She.”

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