CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH | Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Unexpectedly woven horns? Gut-busting line-up of musicians? Cheeky on-the-road anecdotes? Yup, it could only be a Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah set — perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Christian has positioned himself as something of a jazz pioneer. He teasingly pokes the sold-out audience with notes and words, challenging them to have more fun. The band are clearly having fun too, easily navigating between Stretch Music and charts by the greats (Herbie’s ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ and Coltrane’s ‘Equinox’).

This is the band’s first formal outing together and the freshly-minted energy is palpable. It is also becoming a great hallmark of Scott’s that he will tour and celebrate musicians and friends who get to share the spotlight. In this configuration, we get to enjoy the dynamic between Christian and alto-saxophonist Logan Richardson. Underpinned by the beats and bass of Corey Fornville and Luques Curtis respectively with Tony Tixier on keys we’re treated to the joys of a burning, expansive group of creators.

Cheltenham has become an intersection point for celebrating jazz heritage and the new wave — from Taj Mahal to Melt Yourself Down. The Stretch Music set managed to embody the high points of tradition and innovation; catch this edition of the band in Ronnie’s Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May.

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