We all know not to go around cavalierly comparing contemporary jazz musicians to Miles Davis. It’s easy to say but is hardly ever true — who but Miles has made such wide-reaching innovations, within jazz and beyond it, absorbing the pop culture obsessions buzzing around him and incorporating new cross-genre sounds seamlessly into his own?
But here is Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, whose newest three-LP release, “The Centennial Trilogy,” is inclusive of post-bop harmonic foundations, boom-bap hip-hop feels, Afro-Cuban percussion and the electric beat manipulations of trap music — all while sounding unmistakably his.
The albums bear all markings of a landmark jazz release, and in fact, “The Centennial Trilogy” already marks a historic milestone: Scott ideated the release in honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the first-ever recorded jazz music.
Somewhat evasive of using the word “jazz” at all, Scott prefers the term “stretch music” to describe his genre and its boundlessness. Yes, Scott seems unlike Miles in only one regard: He is an incredibly friendly performer, a sincere, uplifting human being and a generous interviewer, as becomes clear early on in his interview here with KMHD’s Derek Smith. We recorded this session during soundcheck in Portland’s Jack London Revue.
Audio mixes: Steven Kray
Audio recording: Nalin Silva
Video production: Nate Sjol
Videographers: Nate Sjol, Jarratt Taylor, Nadya Klimenko, Luuk van Hoomissen
Interviewer: Derek Smith
Executive Producer: David Christensen