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Christian Scott: Anthem

There’s a reason the term “sophomore slump” exists, and trumpeter Christian Scott has hit it. There were high expectations surrounding him, though; his first disc, Rewind That, was an auspicious modern-jazz debut and one of the most enjoyable listens of 2006. His second album, Anthem? Not so much.

OK, maybe that’s being generous to a young man with a lot of promise. His new album is actually dreadful. It’s dark and brooding, and while it was informed and inspired by Hurricane Katrina and government’s failure to help the people of Scott’s hometown, that’s no excuse for the plodding dullness and striking lack of imagination that pervade Anthem.

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