- 2 Feb 2020 7:58 AM
He famously has played with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, but he also has played on a series of brilliant records by his peers including, for example, the subtle, genre-bending vocalist Gretchen Parlato. His favorite records include classics by Wayne Shorter and De La Soul, J Dilla, and Joe Henderson.
His music, including a string of records credited to his band Oracle, is among the finest of its new kind: a new generation of contemporary jazz that is slick and funky without being vapid and "smooth", that is soulful and accessible but also sophisticated.
The band, steady over time, helps to make things so fine on the new A Wall Becomes a Bridge. The keyboard player is the underrated Taylor Eigsti, along with bassist Joe Sanders, guitarist Mike Moreno, and woodwind player John Ellis.
Additionally, joining the band on this outing is Jahi Sundance, adding turntable texture and flow. The group plays with sympathetic ease that fuses tricky rhythms with a truly unified sound. On "Windows", for example, the rhythm is established by a tricky/funky acoustic baseline from Sanders, around which Scott plays a syncopated military snare pattern, all while the keys and guitar set up a wash of beautiful sound.
Ellis's horn comes in sounding wondrously like Wayne Shorter in his Weather Report mode, with tenor saxophone eerily shadowed by bass clarinet down low.
Date and time:
Tuesday, 4 February, 8 pm
Budapest Jazz Club
1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 7.
Photo courtesy of the organisers