Back in February Christian Scott and his quintet were on tour in support of his groundbreaking new jazz album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. This video catches the band in Berlin performing “Isadora.”
It’s a mesmerizing performance. “Isadora” is a slow sensual waltz held rhythmically together by Kristopher Funn’s bass and Jamire Wilson’s cymbals. His brushed snare swirls, an extension of Scott’s warm, muted, breathy tone. Pianist Milton Fletcher and guitarist Matt Stevens repeat a descending figure that keeps “Isadora” from drifting away completely, as Scott breathes the melody directly into our hearts.
I found myself drawn into this piece the way one might be lean in closer to someone when they lower their voice to tell you something special. Christian Scott has important stories to tell on Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, and this performance of “Isadora” is a wonderful invitation to listen closely.
I really like this video, which was shot from one rock-solid stable position. I’m able to look at the entire band from an audience member’s vantage point. Sometimes simplicity is a beautiful thing.
Christian Scott Quintet live in Berlin
18 February 2010