The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Kendrick Scott Oracle
Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award–winning and –nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist.
Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first-ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.
Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012. This album, which blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and a leader. Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.
Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play. Scott is present and in the moment, and brings to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.