Trumpeter and composer Christian Scott
releases Ruler Rebel
, his follow up to 2015's masterful Stretch Music
, in March. The album is the first in his Centennial Trilogy, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings while serving as a meditation on the past century's social and political realities, from mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex to xenophobia, climate change, gender equality and the rise of neofascism "and the return of the Demagogue."
combines his jazz-informed "stretch" music with his ongoing experiments in trap while rooting in West African and "New Orleanian Afro-Native American" sounds. Listen to the somber instrumental "The Reckoning" below.
This weekend, Scott — a New Orleans native and NOCCA grad — curates the Stretch Music Festival in New York.