Acclaimed trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has released his 14th album, Ancestral Recall, the follow-up to the three (!) records he put out in 2017.
Compelling vocalists like Saul Williams, Weedie Braimah, Chris Turner and Mike Larry Draw contribute to the 12-track album, but Ancestral Recall’s intricate musicality is the focus. The record is a deep-diving exploration of “rhythms rooted in the synergy between West African, First Nation, African Diaspora/Caribbean rhythms and their marriage to rhythmic templates found in trap music, alt-rock, and other modern forms,” Adjuah said in a statement.
This desire to uphold rhythm came from Adjuah’s belief that “people have really belittling ideas about deeply rhythmic cultures,” as he explained to Bandcamp Daily. “We don’t talk about how people believe that those cultures—and on one level, you might describe them as black and brown and tan musical cultures—are not as sophisticated, musically, as cultures that prioritize harmony and melody.”
Stream Ancestral Recall here: