Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes), the sparkling new Ropeadope album from trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, is plenty forward-looking in itself. It “stretches” jazz with its two-drummer lineup (including Joe Dyson’s novel pan-African kit) and its willingness to incorporate other genres, but is nonetheless Scott’s most tightly focused album to date. But the Stretch Music app it gave birth to may prove downright revolutionary. The app not only permits aspiring musicians to practice interactively with bona fide albums by established stars, it also provides a new possibility for musicians to derive income from said albums.
“Our app allows you to customize your practicing experience,” explains Scott, 32. “For instance, if you play trumpet, you can take the trumpet out and take the solo to the record, and play the melodies, whatever the trumpeter is doing. Any instrument that’s on the record, any channel, you can actually mute, you can fade it, you can [isolate] it, you can pan it from left to right and move it around, you can create looping. Let’s say you only want to play a four-bar passage [and] practice that. You can just loop a four-bar passage; you can slow it down, speed it up-and it stays in the same key.”