Christian Scott, "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow"
Today's jazz features a multitude of young talents steeped in the tradition. But few are progressing with fresh statements informed by the evolving soundscapes where pop meets jazz. One of the raw new seekers is 27-year-old trumpeter Christian Scott, who bounds ahead with his compelling new album, "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow." The set not only sonically fuses the past with the contemporary, but also brings forth such dynamic social issues as penal injustice, cultural animosity, gay marriage and abortion. ("The Roe Effect" is an enthralling melody played forward then backward to intriguing effect.) One of the album's standouts is the opening track "K.K.P.D.," an ominous instrumental castigation of the Ku Klux Klan-like policemen of Scott's native New Orleans. Matthew Stevens' electric guitar shards and Jamire Williams' raucous drumming pave the way for Scott to waft his rich trumpet musings-and later, as the intensity develops, incite with his roiling high squeals. Highlights also include Scott's lyrical rendering of Thom Yorke's hopeful song "The Eraser" and the trumpeter's melancholic reflection of post-election negativity about President Obama on "American't."-Dan Ouellette