Saxophonist Ben Flocks’ debut is stunning; this young California native has lots to say, and does so eloquently. He’s assembled like-minded musicians, guitarist Ari Chersky, drummer Evan Hughes, bassist Garrett Lang and keyboardist Sam Reider to breathe life into his concepts. The opener, title track “Battle Mountain,” refers to his birthplace, and comes on like John Coltrane meets Bill Frisell. “Shenandoah” filters folk through a jazz lens, followed by Reider’s unusual, extended arrangement of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.” “Eagle Rock” is subtle and atmospheric, followed by the Latin-tinged ballad, “Murmullo.” Lead Belly’s “Silver City Bound” becomes good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll, albeit with accordion and brushes. Flocks channels his elders with warm, classic stylings on “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You.” Closing with “Return to Battle Mountain,” he burns with intensity. Even the cover art announces that this is an artist to watch. — Martin Z. Kasdan, Jr.