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Christian Scott 

When: Sun., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $20

Trumpeter Christian Scott took inspiration from Radiohead for his 2007 and 2008 albums, using smeary chords, guitar reverb, and eighth-note piano octaves to create a gloom-and-doom underpinning. That's certainly evident in his new album, too, although it's more steeped in influences from Scott's hometown of New Orleans. In fact, the whole first half of the two-disc set is riddled with atavistic references, drawn out in the shuffling rhythms, mournful melodies, and even the sultry mute of Scott's trumpet. The title, Christian aTundeAdjuah, has the trumpeter renaming himself to honor his West African ancestry. (Scott says he hasn't officially changed his name; rather, he's extended it.) He even wears a traditional Mardi Gras costume on the album jacket, complete with a feather headdress and beads. Scott comes from a lofty Crescent City dynasty -- his uncle is saxophonist Donald Harrison, and he's a protégé of Terence Blanchard -- and he's always tried to honor that, even when his music had a wandering palette. Now the genuflections are more direct and bold. "Danziger," a song named for the bridge where New Orleans police shot and killed two people and wounded four others, six days after Hurricane Katrina, is doleful and insightful. Scott will perform with opener Jazz Mafia at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Sunday, Sept. 16. 8 p.m., $20. TheNewParish.com

— Rachel Swan

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