This week most definitely brings one of our most unique Gear Talks thus far. We're talking to Grammy nominated musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
, who will release three albums this year as a part of his series The Centennial Trilogy. Ruler Rebel
is the first release in the trilogy, which just dropped on March 31st, and last week he announced the release of his second album Diaspora,
which will be out June 23rd via Ropeadope (you can hear a track from it below). However, what makes him so interesting is that in addition to making music, he also designs his own custom trumpets, flugelhorns, and cornets. "These are my line of trumpets (Christian Scott Models - designed by Adams Brass). I don't go anywhere without them," he told Baeble when he sent over a few photos.
"I started making these models about 10 years and it truly is one of the most invigorating experiences of my life every time we birth not just a new horn, but a completely new type of instrument," Adjuah continued. "There's nothing like hearing the sound of a prototype. My favorite is the Reverse Flugelhorn. There's nothing like it on the planet...It has the softness and calmness of a Flugelhorn with the power and range of a trumpet. The shapes and plating that you see are also paramount in determining what the instrument will sound like. Gold darkens the sound, silver brightens. Deep shepherd crooks also have the same power to darken the timbre. Some of the models also have screw-in mouthpieces which makes the lead pipe and mouthpiece one piece. I love that sound because none of the power escapes. They're on the road with me 9 months out of the year, every year, so they are as much a part of me as anything else...They're my voice."
I'm sorry, but is this not the coolest thing you've ever heard of? Imagine being able to make your own violin or harp (or brand new instrument) and building it to perfection...And then actually play it
. This is pretty exciting stuff, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is on the cusp of it all.