The title of Kendrick Scott’s new Blue Note album, A Wall Becomes A Bridge, suggests a provocative response to current events. But Scott — a generational talent on drums, and an acclaimed composer — says he had something a bit more personal in mind.
In this episode of The Checkout, he speaks candidly about the struggle he experiences when creating original work — in particular, the voices of self-doubt in his head.
His album takes us on an emotional journey, beginning with the elation of being recognized by his peers — Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, even Beyoncé — at the High School of Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Scott went on to receive accolades with trumpeter Terence Blanchard and pianist Herbie Hancock — but he still has his moments of insecurity.
Scott says he came to the fortunate realization that he has friends and family to lean on when dealing with writer’s block. Most notably, the members of his band Oracle, composers in their own right: Mike Moreno on guitar, Taylor Eigsti on piano, John Ellis on reeds and Joe Sanders on bass.
Kendrick Scott performs at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill on July 4, as a part of this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.