KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE, CONVICTION

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photo by Todd Williams
The inquisitive and visionary drummer/leader Kendrick Scott and his band, Oracle, tap his spirituality as the basis for Conviction (Concord Jazz), an exhilarating exploration of contemporary jazz. Scott lets straight-ahead beats collide with the modern gloss of contemporary sounds, defining his recording as an experiential hang – the album has no breaks as one tune segues into the next. The unexpected vocals of guitarist Alan Hampton (a singer/songwriter in the style of Jesse Harris) adds heft to the band’s cover of Sufjan Steven’s “Too Much” and again on “Serenity,” a prayer-like ballad co-written by Hampton and Scott.

As a sophomore effort, Scott’s musical conviction extends to a set of choice originals and a tune by Herbie Hancock (“I Have A Dream) executed with nuanced style by his grounded band -- bassist Joe Sanders, pianist/keyboardist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Mike Moreno and saxophonist John Ellis. As a group, Oracle purrs like a finely tuned engine with Scott as a natural leader, employing smoothly confident percussion that’s never breaks its flow. Having previously toured with both The Crusaders and trumpeter Terence Blanchard earlier in his career, Scott brings a sharp focus and disciplined craftsmanship to this artful recording along with some tight grooves that sonically endure. (11 tracks; 58 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE, CONVICTION

Monday, April 1, 2013

KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE, CONVICTION

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photo by Todd Williams
The inquisitive and visionary drummer/leader Kendrick Scott and his band, Oracle, tap his spirituality as the basis for Conviction (Concord Jazz), an exhilarating exploration of contemporary jazz. Scott lets straight-ahead beats collide with the modern gloss of contemporary sounds, defining his recording as an experiential hang – the album has no breaks as one tune segues into the next. The unexpected vocals of guitarist Alan Hampton (a singer/songwriter in the style of Jesse Harris) adds heft to the band’s cover of Sufjan Steven’s “Too Much” and again on “Serenity,” a prayer-like ballad co-written by Hampton and Scott.

As a sophomore effort, Scott’s musical conviction extends to a set of choice originals and a tune by Herbie Hancock (“I Have A Dream) executed with nuanced style by his grounded band -- bassist Joe Sanders, pianist/keyboardist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Mike Moreno and saxophonist John Ellis. As a group, Oracle purrs like a finely tuned engine with Scott as a natural leader, employing smoothly confident percussion that’s never breaks its flow. Having previously toured with both The Crusaders and trumpeter Terence Blanchard earlier in his career, Scott brings a sharp focus and disciplined craftsmanship to this artful recording along with some tight grooves that sonically endure. (11 tracks; 58 minutes)

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