For nearly a decade, New Orleans based trumpet player Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah has been low-key churning out phenomenal jazz records, performing on stage with the likes Thom Yorke and Mos Def. But on Stretch Music, his newest effort, the seasoned instrumentalists steps beyond the more obvious parameters that constitute modern jazz–leaping toward more adventurous amalgams of the genre that strive for hip-hop, indie rock, and soul. Opening track “Sunrise in Beijing” formally introduces 20 year-old flutist Elena Pinderhughes, an attendee at the Manhattan School of Music whose caused quite a stir among local jazz scenes over the last few years. The Stretch Music cut, as well as her other feature “Liberation Over Gangsterism,” is an easy standout among the album’s eleven tracks, distinguished by its dexterous agility and its high-minded, nearly spiritual evocations. Stream it now.
Listen to Stretch Music below.