The virtuoso trumpeter has released a blissful, slightly off-kilter track that will slow-burn its way into your playlists. Hear it on Qwest.
His new album, Ancestral Recall, will be released on Ropeadope and Stretch Music on March 22. It will mark the trumpeter’s first full-length project since his trio of albums dubbed The Centennial Trilogy, a slanted glance back to the first ever jazz recording, made one-hundred years beforehand by white musicians.
Adjuah makes active, impactful music that demands to be listened to. Its objectives are direct, though formed by a variety of cultural reference points and sets of ideas. When announcing the recording, he suggested that he wanted to “de-colonialize sound … to codify a new folkloric tradition,” something that would seek to align patterns rooted in the “synergy between West African, First Nation, African Diaspora/Caribbean rhythms,” blending them with “templates found in trap music, alt-rock and other modern forms.”
We know by now that Adjuah has no interest in singular narratives, preferring to use his ability to weave together inclusive and nuanced soundscapes. “Forevergirl,” the latest single following “Ancestral Recall” in February, features rapper Mike Larry Draw jazz vocalist Chris Turner. Borrowing from notions of perspective, disassembly and abstraction in art, it lyrics and musicality speak of love in its many forms. Listen here:
Listen to “Ancestral Recall” on Qwest here.