NMM: Christian Scott

Photo: Chris White
"New Music Monday" is turning to jazz this week with a two-time Edison Award winning and Grammy Award nominated artist Christian Scott.

Also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, he is a trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive. The 32-year-old, New Orleans-born artist has received numerous accolades throughout his career. According to his bio, Scott's international recording debut, Rewind That, in 2006 earned him a Grammy nod and inclusion on Billboard's "Ones to Watch in 2006." Scott was also featured on the popular NPR music series Tiny Desk in October.

Scott's bio also stated that he's the nephew of legendary jazz artist, Donald Harrison, Jr., with whom he began his musical journey. Scott graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 2001 and received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree later. Scott has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums since 2002 and one of his songs was included by Oscar-winning director, Jonathan Demme, in the 2015 film Ricki and the Flash, according to his bio. Scott also released a debut project titled Stretch Music on his new label of the same name, in conjunction with Ropeadope Music.

I just recently - and by "recently" I mean this past week - discovered Scott. All thanks to a tweet by Spencer Ludwig, another artist who I've featured here, who recommended Scott's new album. Boy, am I glad he did. Stretch Music has a unique name because the tunes on the project do just that - they stretch the boundaries of traditional jazz music and, quite frankly, stretch listeners' minds with silky-smooth licks and funky beats. One listen to the album and you'll be hooked. I guarantee it.

Have a listen to "Liberation Over Gangsterism" featuring flautist, Elena Pinderhughes, off of Stretch Music and be sure to go get the album on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or wherever you get your music.