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When trumpeter Christian Scott was growing up in New Orleans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, his grandfather gave him and his brother Kiel extra reading assignments each week as a supplement to their assigned schoolwork. If the young students failed to finish their books within the week, their grandfather would say, "Yesterday you said tomorrow..." It was the older ... Read more in Amazon's Christian Scott Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000SNUNWE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Litany Against Fear (Album Version) 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Void (Album Version) 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anthem (Antediluvian Adaptation) (Album Version) 7:25Album Only
Listen  4. Re: (Album Version) 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cease Fire (Album Version) 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dialect (Album Version) 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Remains Distant (Album Version) 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Uprising (Album Version) 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Katrina's Eyes (Album Version) 6:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The 9 (Album Version) 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Like That (Album Version) 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Anthem (Post Diluvial Adaptation) (Album Version) [feat. Brother J of X-Clan] 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Having already made waves in the jazz world with his Grammy nominated debut, Rewind That, 24-year-old trumpeter Christian Scott is back with his sophomore project: Anthem.

Written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans - Scott's former hometown - Anthem is a dark, sometimes despairing document that meditates on the disaster as well as charting changes in the musician's burgeoning career and personal life.

The beguiling mix of despondency and hope that ooze from opening track Litany Against Fear - think ringing electric guitars, sprawling post-rock rhythms and pounding piano creating an apocalyptic soundscape over which Scott writes plaintive messages in the air - act as a signpost for the rest of the album.

Guitars, drums and keys, played by Matt Stevens, Marcus Gilmore and Aaron Parks respectively (amongst others), feature prominently on many of Anthem's songs, transforming them from standard jazz fare into hybrids of jazz, indie rock, hip hop and soul.

It's these instruments, often more than Scott's trumpet, that invest the tunes with such heavy emotional appeal - look no further than the blistering, climbing, pounding piano that marks Anthem, the chafing rock guitar of Void, and the weighty bassline that anchors Cease Fire.

The spirit of hip hop can also be discerned on Cease Fire, as well as throughout the frisky groove of The 9 and - most notably - on funky finale Anthem (Post Diluvial Adaptation), which sees X-Clan's Brother J throw down his conscious verbals to match Scott's fierce trumpeting.

Scott generally holds his own over the record's waves of rhythmic sound, coming through with open-minded, subtly exploratory playing that's never overly showy or complex, nor too surreptitious. On mellower tracks like Remains District, the warm and swirling Like That and Katrina Eyes, most of which carry a more 'straight-up' jazz vibe, you get to hear the Davis-esque tinge of his trumpet with a little more clarity.

Rangy and savvy, lyrical and explosive, Anthem is the work of a hard-working young man with his ears wide open and his head firmly down. --Paul Sullivan

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not just another tribute to New Orleans, this album is truly "Anthemic". The moods rush and swirl like the flood waters through the Crescent City must have. Full and lush at times, soft and lonely notes at others, this is raw emotion writ large. If you like the Terence Blanchard "A Tale of God's Will" this would be a good complement and if you're thinking between the two, get both!
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...from the prodigious talent that is Christian Scott. See also my review for aTunde Adjuah.

Somehow, he (and his cohort of great supporting musicians) pull(s) off a recording that's almost as good as being there...!
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Utter perfection.Christian Scott is one of the best jazz musicians in the world. Can't wait to see him in concert when he next visits London
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
He deserves more press 17 Nov. 2007
By M. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Christian Scott is quite the talent. Anthem, the follow up to his debut, Rewind That, finds Christian expanding upon his distinct sound with a maturity not often found in young musicians.

Christian Scott is exciting to listen to because there is no one that sounds quite like him. Anthem, while certainly a jazz album, incorporates many different styles of music and amazingly it all fits and flows together as one work.

New Orleans is Christian's home town and it should be noted that this album was written in response to Hurricane Katrina. The album is emotive, and it truly does sound like one long elegy to the New Orleans that existed prior to the summer of 2005. The fact that a young man is able to express tragedy through the medium of jazz music with such poignancy shows that Christian Scott is a special musician.

I recommend anyone reading this review buy Anthem. It isn't a five star album but it is a very good album that deserves the listener's patience. If anything, buy it and its predecessor just so you can experience the evolution of one of music's brightest hopes.

I look forward to more releases by Christian Scott in the future. I hope Christian continues to experiment with his sound and expand his musical horizons. This is one trumpeter I can see carrying Miles Davis' torch and this statement should not be taken lightly.
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Late Miles meets Radiohead, or Ben Allison meets Marcus Miller 2 Mar. 2008
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD stands out from the average jazz disc, because the band plays a lot like a rock band. The typical song (they all have the same 'sound', except for one which dips into smooth jazz territory) is midtempo, with the drummer hitting the snare on the 2 and 4 (like a rock or R&B drummer). The keyboardist plays a minor key melody, but in a rock style, playing sequential eighth notes. The bass player plays a funky bassline. That sets things up for Christian Scott, who plays a lot of slow moody trumpet on this CD. His trumpet playing is also minimalistic, it's reminiscent of late Miles, but with a stronger tone. I've probably done the equivalent of describing a birthday cake by talking about flour, butter, and whatnot, but it all comes together. The songs on Anthem are about Katrina and violence, and he keeps it consistant -- there's no Lee Morgan hard bop soloing over a walking bassline. This is a very good CD, and it's certainly unique. Mr. Scott walks the tightrope between good-simple and blah-smooth-simple very well. In addition, the final rap song ties together jazz and the spoken word better than Mingus was able to do (though if Mingus hooked up with a time-travelling rapper in 1959 - look out). Anyone who likes jazz with rock song forms should get this.
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relaxing music 3 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I really have enjoyed listening to this CD. very nice for a time of just taking it easy. its my go to CD when i just want something relaxing to listen to.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Horribly Distorted 2 Aug. 2010
By Zach F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the music, too bad the heavy distortion of the bass guitar and bass drum ruins the recording. If you have sensitive ears and good listening equipment, the recording quality will annoy you.
Jazzman 2 Feb. 2014
By mark lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well arranged and it had a lot of substance enjoyed while riding in my car would recommend to jazz lovers
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