Jeremy Pelt: Close to My Heart (2003)
Pelt modulates between these two provocative personalities for the remainder of the disc. Pepper Adams' "Excerent" is a low key quartet stroll, with Mulgrew Miller providing impeccable hard bop accompaniment. Peter Washington and Lewis Nash provide the bass and drum parts of this fine rhythm section. Pelt's trumpet is fluid and soft, but by the time he takes on "Take Me in Your Arms" he has acquired a Freddie Hubbard edge to his tone that is at once demanding and authoritative. "502 Blues" frames Pelt's perfectly round flugelhorn, as does his solo treatment of Ellington's "Don't You Know I Care." This formula continues to entertain throughout the remainder of this year-end-list disc.
Track Listing: Weird Nightmare; Excerent; Take Me In Your Arms; 502 Blues (Drinkin? And Drivin?); All My Life; Don?t Y Know I Care; Pioggia Di Perugia; It?s A Beautiful Evening; This Is The Moment; Why Try To Change Me Now; In Your Eyes.
Personnel: Jeremy Pelt: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Mulgrew Miller: piano; Peter Washington: Bass; Lewis Nash: Drums; Meg Oruka: Violin; Joyce Hammann: Violin; Ron Lawrence: Viola; Dave Eggar: Cello; David O'Rourke: Guitar.
Record Label: MAXJAZZ