This one kicks off the trilogy and pushes stretch music to the next level. Christian Scott's forward thinking talent blends genres, using soundscapes filled with explosive energy and a deliberate political voice. The musicians are all first rate and the music is nothing less than spectacular.
Favorite track: New Orleanian Love Song.
Continuing to push the music forward. Stretch Music was probably my most-played album last year and this builds on that. So good.
Favorite track: New Orleanian Love Song II [X. aTunde Adjuah Remix].
Ruler Rebel is the first in a three-album series collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy.
The series is, at its core, a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound. It speaks to a litany of issues that continue to plague our collective experiences. Slavery in America via the Prison Industrial Complex, Food Insecurity, Xenophobia, Immigration, Climate Change, Sexual Orientation, Gender Equality, Fascism and the return of the Demagogue.
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.
released March 31, 2017
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, SPD-SX, Sampling, Sonic Architecture
Elena Pinderhughes - Flute
Lawrence Fields - Piano, Fender Rhodes
Luques Curtis - Bass
Kris Funn - Bass
Joshua Crumbly - Bass
Cliff Hines - Guitar
Corey Fonville - Drums, SPD-SX
Joe Dyson Jr. - Pan African Drums, SPD-SX
Weedie Braimah - Djembe, Bata, Congas
Chief Shaka Shaka - Dununba, Sangban, Kenikeni
Sarah Elizabeth Charles - Vocals
All songs written by Christian Scott, (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC)
"Phases" written by Christian Scott, (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC)
Sarah Elizabeth Charles, (Sarah Elizabeth Charles Music - ASCAP)
Cliff Hines, (Klyph Publishing - BMI)
"Rise Again" written by Christian Scott, (Stretch Music Publishing - SESAC)
Allan Cole, (Algorythmusic BMI)
Produced by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Chris Dunn
Executive Producer: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Vocals on “Phases” recorded by Jesse Fischer at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn, NY.
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 \
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
Creative Direction (Album Art)
Kiel Adrian Scott & Kevin Kedroe
Art Direction Kevin Kedroe & Allan Cole
Photography Kiel Adrian Scott
Package Design Kevin Kedroe
Drummer, band leader, sound collagist Makaya McCravens 2nd opus magnum. Material from 4 different purely improvised live sets in 4 cities, recomposed into new compositions/collages. To astonishing results, I have to add. Carsten Pieper
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket