Kendrick Scott Oracle A Wall Becomes A Bridge

A Wall Becomes A Bridge

Kendrick Scott Oracle

Released on April 5, 2019 by Blue Note Records

Main artist: Kendrick Scott Oracle

Genre: Jazz > Contemporary Jazz

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The second offering from the Kendrick Scott Oracle on Blue Note may be motivated by a different inspiration than its predecessor, 2015's wonderful We Are the Drum, but shares its aesthetic. The "we" in the earlier album's title connects with Scott's motivation on A Wall Becomes a Bridge: his stated intention is to confront the fears and insecurities that hold us back individually and keep us from engaging collectively. In the run-up to the album, Scott was initially frustrated, unsatisfied with the dearth of ideas he had for new music. Producer Derrick Hodge, one of Scott's oldest friends and collaborators, cannily suggested documenting that struggle musically, confronting the subterranean emotional issues by creating art in direct response to them. A Wall Becomes a Bridge is a thematic record that traverses 12 stages on a path -- framing two compositions each in reverse progression. The Oracle's personnel -- pianist Taylor Eigsti, John Ellis on reeds and winds, bassist Joe Sanders, and guitarist Mike Moreno -- have been together since 2013, and it shows in the manner of respect, deference, and support they provide one another. The addition of turntablist DJ Jahi Sundance adds texture and ambience to half the set's cuts; he emphasizes and extrapolates on the sophisticated musical ideas displayed. First single "Mocean" is a stellar example of what KSO is capable of. A lithe, slightly euphoric theme introduced by Eigsti and Moreno with Scott's snares and cymbals underneath them flows through a series of notes and phrases, adding and subtracting from them as it unfolds, and the entire band becomes assertive. Over nearly six minutes, Scott layers modal statements -- individually and in unison -- on top of one another to unveil the tender lyricism at its heart, outlined by fine solos from the pianist and Ellis' serpentine soprano horn. Hodge adds wordless vocals to the dignified and powerful "Voices." Introduced by Scott and Eigsti, its lyric phrase is delivered by Ellis on bass clarinet, striking euphoric guitar figures are emphasized by Scott's rolling tom-toms and cymbal washes, and Eigsti, Sanders, and Ellis' bass clarinet assert the melody while Sundance colors the margins with samples and ambient effects. "Catalyst" is melodic post-bop with Scott double-timing the band on snare and dropping breaks as Moreno delivers an elegant solo followed by the extrapolated, expansive chords of Eigsti, Ellis' tenor break, and a pulsing bassline. The set closes with "Archangel," one of the most strikingly beautiful tunes Scott has ever penned. Eigsti and Moreno develop the graceful theme as Sanders' and Scott's rhythmic accents frame it. The drummer's wordless vocals duet with Ellis' alto flute, culminating in a shift to airy Brazilian-flavored jazz that carries it out on a high note. This band understands Scott's musical and philosophical personas; they open themselves to his struggles and questions and share their own inside the tunes, thereby illuminating them. As a result, A Wall Becomes a Bridge is subtle yet quietly stunning. It is the sound of struggle transformed into beauty. ~ Thom Jurek
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:53:06

  1. 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>NewEyes

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  2. 2 >>>>>>>>>>>Mocean

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  3. 3 >>>>>>>>>>Windows

    Derrick Hodge, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  4. 4 >>>>>>>>>Voices

    Derrick Hodge, Producer, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Bass Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  5. 5 >>>>>>>>BeLoved

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  6. 6 >>>>>>>Don Blue

    Derrick Hodge, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  7. 7 >>>>>>Becoming

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  8. 8 >>>>>Horizons

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  9. 9 >>>>The Catalyst

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  10. 10 >>>Plēh

    Derrick Hodge, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  11. 11 >>Nemesis

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Parks, ComposerLyricist - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jahi Lake, AssociatedPerformer, Turntabalist Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

  12. 12 >Archangel

    Derrick Hodge, Producer - Joe Sanders, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Ellis, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Taub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendrick Scott, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Darlington, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Eigsti, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kendrick Scott Oracle, MainArtist - Michael Moreno, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

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  • The second offering from the Kendrick Scott Oracle on Blue Note may be motivated by a different inspiration than its predecessor, 2015's wonderful We Are the Drum, but shares its aesthetic. The "we" in the earlier album's title connects with Scott's motivation on A Wall Becomes a Bridge: his stated intention is to confront the fears and insecurities that hold us back individually and keep us from engaging collectively. In the run-up to the album, Scott was initially frustrated, unsatisfied with the dearth of ideas he had for new music. Producer Derrick Hodge, one of Scott's oldest friends and collaborators, cannily suggested documenting that struggle musically, confronting the subterranean emotional issues by creating art in direct response to them. A Wall Becomes a Bridge is a thematic record that traverses 12 stages on a path -- framing two compositions each in reverse progression. The Oracle's personnel -- pianist Taylor Eigsti, John Ellis on reeds and winds, bassist Joe Sanders, and guitarist Mike Moreno -- have been together since 2013, and it shows in the manner of respect, deference, and support they provide one another. The addition of turntablist DJ Jahi Sundance adds texture and ambience to half the set's cuts; he emphasizes and extrapolates on the sophisticated musical ideas displayed. First single "Mocean" is a stellar example of what KSO is capable of. A lithe, slightly euphoric theme introduced by Eigsti and Moreno with Scott's snares and cymbals underneath them flows through a series of notes and phrases, adding and subtracting from them as it unfolds, and the entire band becomes assertive. Over nearly six minutes, Scott layers modal statements -- individually and in unison -- on top of one another to unveil the tender lyricism at its heart, outlined by fine solos from the pianist and Ellis' serpentine soprano horn. Hodge adds wordless vocals to the dignified and powerful "Voices." Introduced by Scott and Eigsti, its lyric phrase is delivered by Ellis on bass clarinet, striking euphoric guitar figures are emphasized by Scott's rolling tom-toms and cymbal washes, and Eigsti, Sanders, and Ellis' bass clarinet assert the melody while Sundance colors the margins with samples and ambient effects. "Catalyst" is melodic post-bop with Scott double-timing the band on snare and dropping breaks as Moreno delivers an elegant solo followed by the extrapolated, expansive chords of Eigsti, Ellis' tenor break, and a pulsing bassline. The set closes with "Archangel," one of the most strikingly beautiful tunes Scott has ever penned. Eigsti and Moreno develop the graceful theme as Sanders' and Scott's rhythmic accents frame it. The drummer's wordless vocals duet with Ellis' alto flute, culminating in a shift to airy Brazilian-flavored jazz that carries it out on a high note. This band understands Scott's musical and philosophical personas; they open themselves to his struggles and questions and share their own inside the tunes, thereby illuminating them. As a result, A Wall Becomes a Bridge is subtle yet quietly stunning. It is the sound of struggle transformed into beauty. ~ Thom Jurek

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